INDONESIA: Progress

In the roof-garden ballroom of Batavia's elegantly seedy Hotel des Indes, 40 white-suited delegates and aides representing the Dutch, the Indonesians and the U.N. Commission for Indonesia met one evening last week to put the finishing touches on a Dutch-Indonesian agreement. After a quiet 45 minutes in the steamy 90° heat of the ballroom, the business was over. Jogjakarta, the Java capital which the Dutch had taken forcibly from the embryonic Indonesian Republic 6½ months ago (TIME, Dec. 27), would be peacefully returned.

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