71 Critchley to Department of External Affairs
Cablegram K69 BATAVIA, 16 February 1948, 11 a.m.
My telegram K.66 and K.67. 
My immediately following telegram is a summary of a communique released by Netherlands East Indies Government withdrawing their earlier statement on alleged New York Press Conference Committee of Good Offices. 
2. Press correspondents here have expressed the opinion that whole episode might have been deliberate. Certainly the Netherlands appear to have gained an advantage from its hasty Press release and local Dutch Press continues to publish reactions in Netherlands. On the other hand, Kirby might be able to make good use of the incident in New York and Washington by giving it as an example of how difficult it is for the Committee to work with the Dutch.