Statement by the Representative of India to the United Nations in the 18th session of the General Assembly on West Irian (West Papua)

“Year after year we have represented that West Irian is an integral part of Indonesia. Despite opinions to the contrary, my delegation had always held the view that when, by the Round Table Conference of 1949, the Kingdom of the Netherlands unconditionally and irrevocably transferred complete sovereignty over Indonesia to the Republic of Indonesia, what was transferred was complete sovereignty over the whole of the former Netherlands East-Indies. Sovereignty over West Irian, which was an integral part of the Netherlands East Indies, therefore, also passed on to the Republic of Indonesia. The administration of West Irian remained with the Netherlands pending a determination of the question of its political status, not of its sovereignty, through subsequent resolutions.”

Source: Statement by the Representative of India to the United Nations in the 18th session of the General Assembly (A/5578)

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