• Short Summary

    DURING A SPECIAL NIGHT SESSION OF THE NEWLY CREATED WEST NEW GUINEA LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, JAN 22, IT WAS DECIDED TO ASK FOR A UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION OF ENQUIRY TO VISIT THE TERRITORY, AND FOR INCREASED PAPUAN PARTICIPATION IN MILITARY DEFENCE MEASURES.

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    DURING A SPECIAL NIGHT SESSION OF THE NEWLY CREATED WEST NEW GUINEA LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, JAN 22, IT WAS DECIDED TO ASK FOR A UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION OF ENQUIRY TO VISIT THE TERRITORY, AND FOR INCREASED PAPUAN PARTICIPATION IN MILITARY DEFENCE MEASURES.

    THE COUNCIL - FORMED LAST APRIL - MET AT THE REQUEST OF THE DUTCH GOVERNMENT TO CONSIDER PLANS FOR INDEPENDENCE.COUNCILLOR TANGGAHMA SAID "INDONESIA OFFERS AUTONOMY WITHIN ITS OWN FORM OF GOVERNMENT FOR A MAXIMUM PERIOD.HOLLAND OFFERS SELF-DETERMINATION.WE PAPUANS PREFER THE LATTER.WE LIKE TO CHOOSE OUR DESTINY".HE ALSO PROPOSED THAT A UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION VISIT THE TERRITORY TO DETERMINE THE PEOPLE'S VIEW IN ORDER THAT A PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT MAY BE BROUGHT ABOUT BETWEEN HOLLAND, WHO NOW CONTROLS THE TERRITORY, AND INDONESIA, WHO IS PREPARED TO GO TO WAR IN SUPPORT OF HER CLAIM TO THE TERRITORY.

    A SECOND MOTION, MOVED BY COUNCILLOR NICOLAS JOUWE, DEMANDED THAT MORE PAPUANS BE UTILIZED AND TRAINED FOR THE DEFENCE OF THE TERRITORY.HE SAID THIS COULD BE DONE IN TWO WAYS.FIRST; BY INCREASING MANPOWER OF THE PAPUAN BATTALION NOW BEING TRAINED BY THE DUTCH.SECOND; BY TRAINING AND ARMING LOCAL VOLUNTEERS UNITS.HE RECALLED THE EFFECTIVENESS OF PAPUAN GUERILLA UNITS AGAINST THE JAPANESE IN WORLD WAR TWO."IF BLOOD HAS TO FLOW FOR WEST PAPUA," HE SAID, "IT HAS TO BE PAPUAN BLOOD, NOT DUTCH BLOOD."
    CONSISTING OF 16 ELECTED AND 12 APPOINTED MEMBERS - 23 OF THEM PAPUANS - THE COUNCIL HAVE ALREADY TAKEN THE TERRITORY A LONG WAY DOWN THE PATH TO INDEPENDENCE.THEY HAVE APPROVED AND HOISTED A NATIONAL FLAG, ADOPTED A NATIONAL ANTHEM, AND APPROVED A RESOLUTION TO CHANGE THE NAME OF DUTCH WEST NEW GUINEA TO 'PAPUA BARAT' (WEST PAPUA).

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7NQ7T8CRGMBDMCF61JUI7SOFK
    Media URN:
    VLVA7NQ7T8CRGMBDMCF61JUI7SOFK
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/01/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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