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Australian Coalition of West Papua Support Groups

21 April 2006

Australian Coalition of West Papua Support Groups

The UN should list West Papua as a non-governing territory requiring self-determination plebiscite

NGOs and public figures join Australian initiative petitioning the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization to get advisory opinions from the International Court of Justice concerning arrant irregularities in the administration and annexation of West Papua. Archbishop Desmond Tutu has written to add his full support to this effort already endorsed by US Congressman Faleomavaega, Prof Noam Chomsky, Bishop Hilton Deakin, and others.

The letter asks the International Court of Justice if it agrees with the authors that :

1) Indonesia is required to continue obligations under United Nations charter Article 73 as an administrating power ;

2) that the 'New York Agreement' to transfer the administration of West Papua to Indonesia without the West Papuans people's consent violates international law and the United Nations Charter ;

3) that the Agreement violated UN Resolution 1514 by delaying transfer of administration in accordance with the people's will ;

4) that the 'Act of Free Choice' was invalid in light of multiple violations of the terms of the 'New York Agreement', the United Nations Charter and UN GA Resolution 1541 ; and that

5) apart from historical issues, West Papua now qualifies as a non-governing territory as defined by UN GA Resolution 1541.


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