• Short Summary

    INDONESIA - THE COUNTRY LAYING CLAIM TO DUTCH NEW GUINEA, THE WESTERN HALF OF THE ISLAND COUNTRY OF NEW GUINEA - IS BEING VISITED BY LIEUTENANT-GENERAL SIR REGINALD POLLARD, ARMY CHIEF-OF-STAFF IN AUSTRALIA, THE COUNTRY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE ISLAND.

  • Description

    INDONESIA - THE COUNTRY LAYING CLAIM TO DUTCH NEW GUINEA, THE WESTERN HALF OF THE ISLAND COUNTRY OF NEW GUINEA - IS BEING VISITED BY LIEUTENANT-GENERAL SIR REGINALD POLLARD, ARMY CHIEF-OF-STAFF IN AUSTRALIA, THE COUNTRY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE ISLAND.

    TOUR AND THE NEXT DAY HE REVIEWED A PARADE OF INDONESIAN TROOPS. HE WAS RECEIVED AT THE PARADE BY THE GOVERNOR OF DJAKARTA, BRIGADIER-GENERAL SUMANO. THE AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR TO INDONESIA, MR. PATRICK SHAW WAS ALSO PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY.

    THE GENERAL'S VISIT IS A RETURN FOR THE RECENT VISIT TO AUSTRALIA OF THE INDONESIAN ARMY CHIEF-OF-STAFF, GENERAL NASUTION. ON HIS ARRIVAL GENERAL POLLARD SAID HE CAME AS HEAD OF THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY AND NOT AS POLITICAL EMISSARY. HE DESCRIBED REPORTS THAT AUSTRALIAN TROOPS WERE MASSING ON THE DUTCH NEW GUINEA BORDER AS COMPLETELY UNTRUE. "WE ARE IN NO WAY HOSTILE TO INDONESIA. IF WE WERE, I WOULD NOT BE HERE."
    PRESIDENT SOEKARNO OF INDONESIA CLAIMS THAT DUTCH NEW GUINEA - RECENTLY RENAMED BY ITS SELF-GOVERNMENT SEEKING INHABITANTS AS WEST PAPUA - SHOULD LEGITIMATELY BE PART OF INDONESIA AS IT WAS PART OF THE DUTCH EAST INDIES ALONG WITH INDONESIA. THE TWO PEOPLES, HOWEVER, ARE TOTALLY DIFFERENT RACES; THE PAPUANS HAVE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT DIALECTS AND ARE EVEN DARKER OF SKIN. THE NORTH-EASTERN PART OF NEW GUINEA IS KNOWN AS THE TERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA AND IS GOVERNED BY AUSTRALIA UNDER A UNITED NATIONS TRUSTEESHIP. THE SOUTH-EASTERN PART OF NEW GUINEA IS AUSTRALIAN AND IS KNOWN AS THE TERRITORY OF PAPUA.

    THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE IS REPORTED TO BE KEENLY INTERESTED IN THE BRITISH TSR 2 SUPERSONIC VERY LOW FLYING STRIKE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT BUT DELIVERY DATES ARE CRITICAL. IT IS FELT IN AUSTRALIA THAT THE INDONESIAN THREAT TO DUTCH NEW GUINEA IS GROWING. INDONESIA IS A RAPIDLY GROWING OF 80 MILLION. AUSTRALIA, WITH HER VITAL INTERESTS IN NEW GUINEA HAS A POPULATION OF 10 MILLION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA885PFP1YT6G3NOPGXJVB68YS5
    Media URN:
    VLVA885PFP1YT6G3NOPGXJVB68YS5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/12/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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