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Emergency Landing

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The arrival of Indonesia’s President Suharto was met with special security measures. It reflects the political tensions among exiled Indonesians in The Netherlands.

The Dutch countryside was in a virtual state of siege. Highways were blocked. The Hague was guarded by helicopters, tanks, bloodhounds and 5,000 state troopers and other police. Could this have been The Netherlands, Europe’s haven of democratic tolerance? “We are taking no chances,” explained a mustachioed constabulary captain. “We…

“An Act Free of Choice”

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Indonesia annexed West Irian last week. Between intimidation and persuasion, the Indonesians managed to win a unanimous vote in favor of annexation.

Indonesia, once a bastion of noisy self-righteous anticolonialism, last week formally took over a remote, primitive piece of real estate that can hardly be considered anything but a colony. By means of a blatantly rigged referendum, the Indonesians annexed West Irian, the western half of the rugged South Pacific island…

The New Order

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Sukarno was removed by Suharto. He must clean up the incredible economic mess that Sukarno has made of Indonesia. As a Dutch colony Indonesia supplied the world with its riches.

At long last, after months of delays and confusion, Indonesia’s Sukarno was removed as his country’s chief of state. The People’s Consultative Congress, Indonesia’s highest legislative body, stripped him of his presidential powers and turned them over to General Suhar to, the strongman who already exercised them in fact.

Indonesia…

Feathers from a Frog

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The once bitter enemies, Netherlands and Indonesia have recently begun exchanging public compliments, friendly trade delegations and full resumption of diplomatic relations.

Trade, as well as politics, makes strange bedfellows: Spain and Castro’s Cuba, Britain and Red China, Israel and West Germany. One of the strangest tie-ups these days is between The Netherlands and its former colony, Indonesia, which severed diplomatic relations in 1960 and seemed headed for a full-scale war. The…

Help from a Bitten Hand

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The trade-minded Dutch, who are more interested in new profits than in salvaging old concessions, were eager to do business again with Indonesia.

His reception was pointedly restrained, but the dapper, dusky VIP who debarked at the Amsterdam air port last week could hardly expect brass bands. Dr. Subandrio, Indonesia’s Foreign Minister and Deputy Premier, was the highest-ranking official from Djakarta to set foot in The Netherlands since the Dutch bitterly granted his…

PERSONAL FILE

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After five years of glaring at their old colonial masters, the hard-pressed Indonesians are showing some willingness to do business with the Dutch. Frits Philips made an agreement.

∙ After five years of glaring at their old colonial masters, the hard-pressed Indonesians are showing some willingness to do business with the Dutch. Philips Lamp President Frits Philips, 58, whose giant corporation wrote off Indonesian factories worth $5,300,000 after President Sukarno kicked the Dutch out, is just back from…

UNTEA Party

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Not even the most optimistic of the 20 men of UNTEA, the Temporary Executive Authority at W.N. Guinea, expected that they could accomplish much during their seven caretaker months.

The first Europeans to sight New Guinea were two 16th century Portuguese sea captains who were so unimpressed that they did not even bother to claim it for their King. Second largest island in the world (after Greenland), it was a tangle of tropical jungle inhabited by mosquitoes, crocodiles, and…

Toward West Irian

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At the United Nations Security Council conference hall in Manhattan, The Netherlands and Indonesia last week formally ended 13 years a bitter wrangling and spasmodic war.

Over a horseshoe-shaped table at the United Nations Security Council conference hall in Manhattan, The Netherlands and Indonesia last week formally ended 13 years of bitter wrangling and spasmodic war for possession of the steaming archipelago called New Guinea.

Broadest smile was on the face of Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Subandrio,…

Settlement at Huntlands

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After 4½ months negotiators shook hands. The Dutch will turn West Irian over to U.N. stewardship until next May 1, at which time administrative control of the territory will pass to Indonesia.

Over the roads near Middleburg, Va., a convoy of limousines daily moved into a lavish colonial estate called Huntlands, only three miles from President Kennedy’s winter weekend spot, Glen Ora.* Shielded from prying eyes by a high, cream-colored brick wall, diplomats from The Netherlands and Indonesia met with U.S. Mediato…

Attempt No. 5

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A murder attempt on Sukarno was organized by the fanatically anti-Sukarno Darul Islam sect. Sukarno blamed the Dutch.

Like Gilbert & Sullivan’s John Wellington (The Sorcerer) Wells, Indonesia’s President Sukarno is a believer In magic and spells, In blessings and curses And ever-filled purses, In prophecies, witches, and knells.

At a Djakarta diplomatic reception last year, Bung Karno (meaning Brother Karno) showed up in a beautifully tailored white…

Dutch Squeeze

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Indonesian guerrillas crept through the dense jungles of Dutch New Guinea last week, forcing the Dutch to spread out their meager defenses (5,800 combat troops).

Indonesian guerrillas crept through the dense jungles of Dutch New Guinea last week, and it became clear that Indonesia’s President Sukarno was at last going to do more than talk about grabbing the disputed territory that he calls West Irian. He also adroitly deployed psychological warfare: Indonesia broadcast reports of …

Pacific Snowball

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Just as Indonesia and The Netherlands got to the conference table for negotiation of their dispute over Dutch New Guinea, warfare flared again along the coast of the island.

ust as Indonesia and The Netherlands got to the conference table for some quiet negotiation of their dispute over Dutch New Guinea, warfare flared again along the coast of the humid Pacific island.

Dutch marines discovered a band of 30 In donesians on Waigeo Island off New Guin ea’s western…

Two-Way Street

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U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy was in Indonesia persuading them to settle peacefully its bitter dispute with The Netherlands about sovereignty over West New Guinea.

Planning their itineraries for world tours, U.S. officials are fond of omitting Indonesia, the touchy, swarming island nation whose government professes neutralism while practicing anti-Americanism.

To this rule, U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy was no exception— and last week he and his wife Ethel flew into Indonesia only at the…

How to Offend Everybody

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The U.S., a nervous fence-sitter in the Dutch-Indonesian dispute, last week found its perch painfully uncomfortable. By trying to avoid offending anybody, it offended everybody.

The U.S., a nervous fence-sitter in the Dutch-Indonesian dispute over Netherlands New Guinea, last week found its perch painfully uncomfortable. By trying to avoid offending anybody, it offended everybody.

The U.S. troubles began with a quiet Dutch trooplift to West New Guinea aboard KLM commercial flights. As long as the…

By Jingo

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Though Sukarno softened his repeated demand for immediate sovereignty over Netherlands New Guinea, Indonesia’s government acted as if the country were already at war.

We don’t want to fight, but by jingo, if we do, We’ve got the ships, we’ve got the men, we’ve got the money, too.*

Indonesia’s President Sukarno, who sorely lacks troopships, trained soldiers and hard cash for his threatened invasion of Netherlands New Guinea, is banking on jingo power to…

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