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  1. Andrew Johnson says:

    It is more than sad because UN members have the ability and a legal duty to rise the question of West Papua at the United Nations. Although the word "trusteeship" was excluded from the 1962 agreement, it was the UN General Assembly and not the Security Council that approved the agreement and occupation of West New Guinea by UN forces. In other words West Papua is a UN trust territory under chapter XII of the UN Charter and the United Nations has a duty to protect human rights and listen to petitions under articles 76, 87, and 88 of the Charter until West Papua becomes a fellow member of the UN at which time charter article 78 will end the trusteeship.

    It seems to me that the exclusion of the word "trusteeship" was the reason France lead fourteen nations in refusing to support UN General Assembly 1752 (XVII) that approved the agreement. But the deal was done and nobody ever told the newspapers or the Papuans that West Papua had become a trust territory.