Statement of the Government of Indonesia on the Act of Free Choice 1969

Statement by the Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia issued at Djajapura August 2, 1969, immediately after the conclusion of the act of free choice in Djajapura.

“On the basis of the 1962 New York Agreement between Indonesia and the Netherlands, the Indonesia Government had arranged the holding of the Act of Free Choice in West Irian between July 14 and August 2, 1969, which was carried out in all regencies. Today, August 2, 1969 it was completed in good order, and the result, unanimously adopted as the wishes of the entire people of West Irian, is as follows:‘To remain united within the Republic of Indonesia and reject separation from the territory of the unitary state of the Republic of Indonesia. The decision is official and legal, and according to Article 21, paragraph 2, of the New York Agreement, both the Dutch and the Indonesian Governments will recognize and abide by the result of the Act of Free Choice”.

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