What was the role of the British after the Japanese surrender?

As a guest teacher, I visit schools and give lessons on the history of the Netherlands East Indies. I tell my audiences that the British who were instructed to the liberate of the Indies had to negotiate with the Republic of Indonesia. In so doing, they gave their de facto recognition of the independent Republic, but unfortunately I don't have any hard evidence to back up this assertion. Do you have more information on the subject?

Digital Collection

The Digital Collection contains documents on the British policy in the Netherlands East Indies/Indonesia under inventory numbers 60 to 77 (Events leading to the Independence of Indonesia: developments 1945), 78 to 117 (Situation in the Netherlands East Indies, 1945-1946) and 118 to 160 (Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia ( 'Mountbatten Diaries')).

Available in the reading room

Inventory numbers 275, 286 and 1131 of access number 2.05.80 ‘Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, Londens Archief', (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, London Collection] provide more information), as do inventory numbers 3589, 3592, 3594, 3595, 3596 and 4122 of access number 2.10.14 'Het archief van de Algemene Secretarie van de Nederlands-Indische Regering en de daarbij Gedeponeerde Archieven' (Collection of General Secretariat of the Netherlands Indies Government). Further information can be found in Access number 2.13.72 'Ministerie van Defensie: Commandant Zeemacht' (Ministry of Defence, Commander of the Navy), inventory numbers 984, 985, 998, 1011, 1014, 1321 and 1335 and access number 2.21.123 'Archief van H.J. van Mook' (H.J. van Mook Collection), inventory number 33.