The first elected Dutch New Guinea Council, hailed by Holland as a major step towards the island's eventual self-government, was sworn in by the Governor of West New Guinea, Dr.
GV Hollandia bay.
GV EXT. Official residence.
SV INT. Councillors for and greeted by Governor Platteel.
CU Councillor with Governor.
CV PAN. Councillors lined up.
SV Governor greets Councillor.
SCU Another Councillor greeted.
SV Woman Councillor Mrs Dorkas Tokoro-Hanasbey.
MV Islamic member, Abdullah Arfan Koran on head, sworn in by Islamic priest.
CU Islamic member.
SCU Governor reads text of oath.
SV Councillor listen.
MV Councillor takes oath.
MV Another takes oath.
CU Governor PAN to anther Councillor taking oath.
SV Woman Councillor takes oath.
CU Woman walks from Governor.
SCU Queen Juliana's portrait.
SV EXT. Governor with members on terrace.
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Background: The first elected Dutch New Guinea Council, hailed by Holland as a major step towards the island's eventual self-government, was sworn in by the Governor of West New Guinea, Dr. P.J.Platteel, at a ceremony in Hollandia on April 1st.
There are 16 elected and 12 appointed members. Of these 23 are Papuans, largely teachers and administrators,including one women, and five whites or members of mixed blood. After its April 5 inauguration the Council will have the right to put questions to the Governor, help to draft legislation, and decide how to spend the annual 10 million development money from Holland.
Representative from Australia, Britain, France, Holland, and New Zealand, will attend the opening ceremonies in Hollandia. The United States declined an invitation . It is felt in the Hague that President Kennedy does not want to take sides in the dispute between Indonesia and Holland, particularly as both President Soekarno and the Dutch Foreign Minister, Dr. Luns, are due in Washington this month.
One Council member is expected to propose closer co-operation between Dutch and Australian New Guinea. He suggests that the new Council and a similar body to be installed in Port Moresby April 10 set up a joint Parliamentary committee. Papuan are known to favour the establishment of a Melanesian Union that would include the whole of New Guinea as well as many nearby islands.