Australia rejects independence for Pa...

Australia rejects independence for Papuan provinces

There are 4 comments on the The China Post story from Sep 2, 2012, titled Australia rejects independence for Papuan provinces. In it, The China Post reports that:

Australia categorically rejected Papuan independence Sunday saying it could not lead to a viable nation and would "completely rupture" ties with Indonesia were Canberra to weigh in.

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Carseldine, Australia

#1 Sep 2, 2012
The last official United Nations statement about West Papua was this statement that it was a UN colony currently being administrated by Indonesia
http://archives.un .o​rg/ARMS/sites/ARM S/u​ploads/files/Fin ding​%20Aids/Mission s/ag-​059%20UNTEA.pd f

The fact is that the Netherlands signed an agreement asking the United Nations to administrate the colony and the UN made the mistake of believing the Indonesian promise in the same agreement that Indonesia would allow the "act of self-determination" as described in the agreement. Article 78 of the UN charter is written so a colony like West Papua will remain a UN responsibility irrespective of who any subsequent administrator is, under UN General Assembly resolution 1752 (XVII) West Papua is a "trust territory" - that is what the Kennedy administration designed in 1962 and is what Indonesia and the Netherlands agreed to. It is a legal fact, and nobody other than the ICJ can change that.

Adelaide, Australia

#2 Sep 2, 2012
Who cares?

“Fair & Balanced”

Since: Jul 12

wherever there's a mine

#3 Sep 2, 2012
If only they had oil

Carseldine, Australia

#4 Sep 3, 2012
Balamo wrote:
Who cares?
Indonesia and the companies (Freeport, BP) mining West Papua - they don't want anyone to remind the UN that West Papua is a trust territory, i.e. a priority for decolonization / independence.

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