• Short Summary

    There were none of the usual extravagant celebrations usually associated with Independence Day festivities when Papua-New Guinea achieved self-government on Saturday (1 December).

  • Description

    There were none of the usual extravagant celebrations usually associated with Independence Day festivities when Papua-New Guinea achieved self-government on Saturday (1 December).

    The only official event in Port Moresby was the swearing-in of the former Australian Administrator, Mr. Les Wilson Johnson as the new High Commissioner. Seven others, including the nation's Chief Minister, Mr. Michael Somare, also took oaths-of-office.

    The reason given for the lack of celebrations was that a more appropriate occasion for them would be when the country achieves full independence. At present, Australia still administers the country's defence and foreign affairs. An unofficial explanation for the lack of festivities was that were fears of inter-tribal clashes between those who favoured independence and those who opposed it.

    And in his oath-of-office, the Chief Minister, Mr. Michael Somare, pledged to uphold the confidentiality of his office:
    No final date has been set for the full independence of the Pacific territory that has a population of two-and-a-half million and where life, in many regions, remains very primitive

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    Film ID:
    VLVACTKWPJSMCNIIUQAMDYPZYM0KT
    Media URN:
    VLVACTKWPJSMCNIIUQAMDYPZYM0KT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/12/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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