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Andrew Johnson :

The shooting in December had to be expected. The locals have been objeting to the trans-Papua road project throughout construction, and a year ago Kompas TV published TNI (Indonesian military) statements that in response to locals leaving letters asking Indonesia to stop building this road, Indonesia sent more TNI troops to conduct "sweeping operations" against the locals.
Papua background:
West New Guinea (Papua) held national elections in January 1961 and in response to news in October 1961 of an American plan to force the Dutch to trade the people of Papua to Indonesia, the elected New Guinea Council wrote a manifesto of independence asking fellow Papuans to unite as West Papua under a new 'Morning Star flag'; the Dutch at request of the New Guinea Council rised the Morning Star next to their tri-colour flag on 1st December 1961.
Because US President Kennedy had not authorised the US to act on the scheme to get Indonesia into the Pacific territory of Papua, Indonesia launched an invasion to force the US to help Indonesia implement the scheme that Kennedy had not wanted to use. Under this scheme the US forced the Dutch to sign a UN agreement asking the UN to send UN troops to occupy & subjugate Papua, and proposed that the UN could then appoint Indonesia as a new administrator (master).
That agreement is commonly known as the 'New York Agreement' and has been authorised by UN General Assembly resolution 1752, which is how Pakistani UN troops received UN authority to enter Papua in 1962.

Mar 10, 2019 01:59 AM

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