Prime Minister Gough Whitlam of Australia and Britain's Prince Charles arrived on Port Moresby on Monday (15 September) for Papua New Guinea's independence ceremonies on Tuesday (16 September).
GV & SV EXTERIOR Bar in Papua and people drinking (3 shots)
SV & GV Street scene with people loitering and working on needlework, baskets (5 shots)
GV PAN Park
GV Whitlam debarks and is met by officials and natives (2 shots)
SV PAN Crowds and Whitlam as he meets Papuans (2 shots)
GV Prince Charles debarks to meet colourfully dressed natives (2 shots)
GV PAN Prince walks past crowd
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Background: Prime Minister Gough Whitlam of Australia and Britain's Prince Charles arrived on Port Moresby on Monday (15 September) for Papua New Guinea's independence ceremonies on Tuesday (16 September).
Mr. Whitlam's country has ruled Papua New Guinea for 70 years.
Both Mr. Whitlam and the Prince were greeted by natives in colourful dress at the airport and welcomed by officials of the new nation.
The Prince later read from a bible at a church service and chose a quote reminiscent of the ancient philosophy of the divine right of Kings when he said, "Everyone must obey the state authorities because no authority exists without God's permission and the existing authorities have been put there by God". He was quoting from the second lesson from St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans.
Some have interpreted his choice of this passage as a warning to secessionists who are threatening to divine Papua New Guinea. Bougainville has already declared its own independence and some Papuans resent their inclusion in the new state as well.
The new nation consists of several islands, including half of New Guinea, and contains 1,000 different tribes, many of whom speak different languages and some of whom still live much as they did thousands of years ago.