72. Editorial Note

On April 24 President Eisenhower sent a letter to British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan that dealt with Indonesia, among other matters:

“The rebellion in Sumatra seems to have flattened out so that the problem there, while certainly as grave as ever, does not have the same time factor that seemed at one time to be the case.

“If you want Caccia to have some talks with Foster about this before you come over, I would see no objection. However, I think that four-power military planning at this stage carries more risks than advantages at least in advance of political decisions. Incidentally, Foster has the impression, derived from the SEATO Meeting, that Prime Minister Nash of New Zealand is much less disposed than was his predecessor to vigorous action that could have military implications.” (Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, International File) The full text of the letter is printed in volume XVI, pages 3940.