429 Kirby to Burton
Cablegram 425 BATAVIA, 20 November 1947, 1.05 p.m.
IMMEDIATE SECRET PERSONAL
Following is part two of my telegram. 
6. I must stress that the Dutch advance and mopping up ever since 4th August have overrun areas of economic importance and many plantations have thus fallen into their hands and are now yielding fruits to the Dutch. The result is that not only have the Republicans lost these assets but prominent Indonesians are being forced by subsistence needs to accept posts under the Dutch and civilian populations are being similarly won over to the Dutch.
7. All this, of course, stresses the need for early political settlement but I cannot see any chance of this and I am sure that the chance will be considerably less unless the Dutch are either forced to give up at once their territorial gains since August or brought before the Security Council for refusal to do so.
8. My present policy has the full and unqualified support of the Prime Minister and Setiadjit [as] the best strategy to safeguard the Indonesian position and facilitate the early overall political settlement. Lastly this telegram gives the text of questions and answers in my interview with the Prime Minister and Setiadjit in Critchley's presence.  This, of course, is extremely personal and secret. Please note the use of words from your telegram 49 , the contents of which were naturally not mentioned or disclosed.
9. Van Zeeland leaves for Belgium for alleged ten to fourteen days on Sunday and a Deputy is coming out to replace him. It looks to me as if this is going to be a long job unless we get a break on the withdrawal question or something unexpected turns up. If your prophecy to the Prime Minister as to the time is personally embarrassing you, for goodness sake let me know and I will endeavour to assist.  I still feel that at a time suitable, I should slip down and elaborate the position fully to you and him and receive the benefit of matters difficult to express in cables.
10. An urgent development here and the desire to keep Graham fully co-operating with me forced me to cancel the tour of Sumatra. 
11. Stenographic assistance has just arrived from Singapore to my relief as I find insufficient time to keep you fully informed under present conditions. The staff are all working excellently under very trying conditions, but there will be a few breakdowns if the present pressure continues. As this is being ciphered your telegram 351  has been received. Appreciate contents and after consideration will cable you thereon.