425 Critchley to Burton
Cablegram 422 BATAVIA, 19 November 1947
Yesterday at Djokjakarta  a number of Republicans, including Sjarifoeddin and Setiadjit, expressed concern lest Kirby be recalled at end of month. (They referred to Prime Minister's statement.) 
2. I am aware of difficulties and also know you appreciate Kirby's personal prestige with the Indonesians and the loss of confidence in Australia that would be likely to follow his withdrawal.
3. Until yesterday, however, I would have underestimated the seriousness of the probable repercussions. I therefore feel I should pass this information on independently of Kirby.