• Short Summary

    INDONESIA IS UNDERTAKING A MAJOR SURVEY OF DEVELOPMENT IN WEST IRIAN, THE NEW GUINEA TERRITORY WHICH WAS WRESTED FROM HOLLAND IN 1962.

  • Description

    INDONESIA IS UNDERTAKING A MAJOR SURVEY OF DEVELOPMENT IN WEST IRIAN, THE NEW GUINEA TERRITORY WHICH WAS WRESTED FROM HOLLAND IN 1962. THE PRIMARY AIM OF THE SURVEY IS TO FIND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS WHICH CAN BE INITIATED QUICKLY SO THAT THE PEOPLE OF WEST IRIAN WILL BE AWARE OF THE INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT'S INTEREST IN THE TERRITORY.

    INDONESIA'S RENEWAL OF INTEREST IN WEST IRIAN IS BELIEVED TO BE CONNECTED WITH THE "ACT OF FREE CHOICE" WHICH WILL FACE THE PAPUAN PEOPLE NEXT YEAR AND BY WHICH THEY WILL DECIDE WHETHER THEY WISH TO REMAIN WITH THE INDONESIAN REPUBLIC.

    A TOP-LEVEL GOVERNMENT TEAM RECENTLY ARRIVED IN THE CAPITAL OF WEST IRIAN, SUKARNAPURA, TO BEGIN THE SURVEY WITH A TOUR OF INSPECTION. THE MISSION WAS BEING LED BY A FORMER INDONESIAN AMBASSADOR TO HOLLAND, MR. SUBJARWO TJONDRONEGORO, AND IT WILL REPORT ON THE POTENTIAL IN WEST IRIAN FOR THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF ENGINEERING, AGRICULTURE AND LOCAL INDUSTRIES.

    THE REPORT SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY THE TIME A UNITED NATIONS MISSION ARRIVED IN WEST IRIAN NEXT MONTH TO BEGIN THE TASK OF SUPERVISING THE "ACT OF FREE CHOICE".

    ONE OF THE GREATEST PROBLEMS FACING THE INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT WILL BE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE "ACT OF FREE CHOICE". WEST IRIAN IS A LAND OF 160,000 SQUARE MILES WITH A POPULATION OF NEARLY MILLION. MUCH OF THE COUNTRYSIDE IS GIVEN OVER TO SWAMPS, MOUNTAINS AND THICK FOREST AND THE PEOPLE COME FROM MORE THAN 250 TRIBES, EACH WITH ITS WON CUSTOMS AND LANGUAGE. MANY OF THE PEOPLE ARE UNAWARE OF THE EXISTENCE OF THE DUTCH, THE INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT OR EVEN THE UNITED NATIONS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6L2I0WNCWC71ZHLAS4KR2KISV
    Media URN:
    VLVA6L2I0WNCWC71ZHLAS4KR2KISV
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/04/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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