The United Nations and the Indonesian Takeover of West by John Saltford

By John Saltford

This booklet examines the function of the foreign neighborhood within the handover of the Dutch colony of West Papua/Irian Jaya to Indonesia within the Nineteen Sixties and questions even if the West Papuan humans ever surely exercised the correct to self-determination certain to them within the UN-brokered Dutch/Indonesian contract of 1962. Indonesian, Dutch, US, Soviet, Australian and British involvement is mentioned, yet specific emphasis is given to the significant half performed by means of the United countries within the implementation of this contract. As guarantor, the UN quickly took over the territory's management from the Dutch earlier than moving keep watch over to Indonesia in 1963. After 5 years of Indonesian rule, a UN workforce back to West Papua to watch and advocate a arguable act of self-determination that ended in a unanimous vote by way of 1022 Papuan 'representatives' to reject independence. regardless of this, the problem continues to be greatly alive this present day as a crisis-hit Indonesia faces persisted armed uprising and turning out to be demands freedom in West Papua.

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