This book examines the role of the international community in the handover of the Dutch colony of West Papua/Irian Jaya to Indonesia in the 1960s and questions whether or not the West Papuan people ever genuinely exercised the right to self-determination guaranteed to them in the UN-brokered Dutch/Indonesian agreement of 1962. Indonesian, Dutch, US, Soviet, Australian and British involvement is discussed, but particular emphasis is given to the central part played by the United Nations in the implementation of this agreement. As guarantor, the UN temporarily took over the territory's administration from the Dutch before transferring control to Indonesia in 1963. After five years of Indonesian rule, a UN team returned to West Papua to monitor and endorse a controversial act of self-determination that resulted in a unanimous vote by 1022 Papuan 'representatives' to reject independence. Despite this, the issue is still very much alive today as a crisis-hit Indonesia faces continued armed rebellion and growing calls for freedom in West Papua.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Product dimensions:||6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.55(d)|
About the Author
John Saltford works as a Southeast Asian Specialist in the Reader Information Services Department of the Public Record Office. He received his PhD on the United Nations and West Papua from the University of Hull.
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This is an excellent accounting of a very complex and important situation in the history of South East Asian colonialism and nationalism which continues to have impact on current events and will probably have more in the future. The potential problems of the artificial boundries of "nations by design" created in the two post WWII decades persist into the 21st Century in this excellent case study. Old nationalities and ethnic differences can belatedly realize their identities in the new nations and they possibly breakoff to emerge as new nations. This study is worthwhile for all serious students of the histories of this vital region and also of the difficulties and limitations of international organizations in fulfilling their idealized roles.