West Papuan supporters will hold a peaceful rally at the Prime Ministers Sydney residence, Kirribilli House Kirribilli Avenue, Kirribilli, to commemorate the New York Agreement.This shameful act, the signing of the New York Agreement lead to the betrayal of the West Papuan people.
New York Agreement
On the 15 August 1962 an agreement was signed between the Republic of Indonesia and the Kingdom of the Netherlands concerning West New Guinea.
A vote on a Dutch/Indonesian resolution on the agreement by the UN General Assembly on the 21 of September 1962 was adopted and included this statement:
“The Agreement contains certain guarantees for the population of the territory, including detailed provisions regarding the exercise of the right of self-determination under arrangements made by Indonesia with the advice, assistance and participation of the Secretary-General who will appoint a United Nations Representative for this purpose. The act of Self-determination is to take place before the end of 1969”
UN General Assembly (Agenda item 89. August 1962, New York)
In 1969, Indonesia chose 1025 electors (one representative for approximately every 700 Papuans) to vote in the UN sanctioned election. Under coercion the electors voted to integrate with Indonesia. The West Papuan people call this , the act, of no free choice
Australia was involved in the betrayal.
Time to put West Papua back on the listing of UN trust territories
Anne Noonan, Jo Collins, Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)