In early 1944, Lieutenant General of Dutch India, H.J. Van Mook, and the Commander-in-Chief of the SWPA, General Douglas MacArthur of the United States, agreed that The Dutch-East India conquered by Allied forces would be handed over to the civilian government of NICA. But due to political delays at the U.S. State Department, the van Mook-MacArthur Civil Affairs Agreement was signed on December 10, 1944.  However, there was a hidden program carried out by British and Australian soldiers on behalf of the Allies to help the Dutch regain their colony, in accordance with a treaty between Britain and the Netherlands, the Aggreement des Affairs civils signed on August 24, 1945 at Chequers, near London. Officially, the main tasks entrusted by the leadership of the Allied forces at Mountbatten were: On the 15th Authority over Java, Bali, Lombok, Kalimantan and Sulawesi was transferred from MacArthur to Mountbatten on 1 August 1945.