THE PEOPLE'S C0MMAND
FOR THE LIBERATION OF WEST IRIAN
Given by the President/Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces
of the Republic of Indonesia. Commander-in-Chief of the
Supreme Command for the Liberation of West Irian
at a mass meeting in Jogjakarta, on 19th December 1961.
DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION
REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA
SPECIAL ISSUE, No.82
THE PEOPLE'S COMMAND,
GIVEN BY THE PRESIDENT/SUPREME COMMANDER OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA,
COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE SUPREME COMMAND FOR THE LIBERATION OF WEST IRIAN
AT A MASS MEETING IN JOGJAKARTA, ON 19th DECEMBER 1961.
As was said by the Sultan just now, today, it is exactly 15 years
since the day on which the city of Jogjakarta - or to be more exact,
the Republic of Indonesia was attacked by the Dutch. Thirteen years
ago there began what we call the second military action taken by the
Dutch against the Republic of Indonesia.
As all of you know, the military action which was begun here
13 years ago was the second, which means that we also underwent
a first military action. And that first military action started on 21st
July, 1947. But if it is viewed as a whole, seen as one historical event,
then in fact we did not suffer, merely two military actions from the
Dutch, the first on 21st July 1947, the second on 19th December 1948,
No. In reality the Dutch, Dutch imperialism, on hundreds of occasions
has taken military action against the Indonesian People.
You know that the Dutch began to come here to Indonesia in
1596, when Admiral Cornelis De Houtman dropped anchor in Banten
Bay. Since that time, Friends, Dutch efforts to occupy the whole of
Indonesia were always accompanied by force of arms. That is why
I say that in fact the Dutch have taken military action against the
Indonesian people hundreds of times. And as something for the people
of Jogjakarta to be proud of - I say from this rostrum, that it was
from the region of Jogjakarta that the first opposition came, fierce
opposition against Dutch Imperialism. This was at the time Sultan
Agung Hanjokrokusumo mobilised his army from the Jogjakarta
region to attack what then was called the city of Batavia. Therefore,
Dr. Mohammad Yamin's proposal in the first meeting of the National
Defence Council was most appropriate : that the Command I shall
give ... God willing - should not be given anywhere else other than
in Jogjakarta, the centre of resistance against Dutch imperialism.
Yes, on 17th August 1945 we proclaimed Indonesia's Independence,
we set up the Republic oŁ Indonesia, which now stands firmly
established, although several times struck by the Dutch, stands firmly
established and today with a resolute mind even wants to bring the
region of West Irian also into the territory under our authority.
But, you know the Proclamation of 17th August 1945 was only
one of the peaks of the Indonesian Nation's efforts to set up their own
state. You know that decades earlier the Indonesian people had arisen,
arisen to become a free Nation, although they had been colonised for
hundreds of years, although they had been trampled upon for hundreds
of years, although they had been starved for hundreds of years,
although they had been humiliated for hundreds of years, although
for hundreds of years they had been made into a people of miseries,
although efforts had been made to extinguish the National spirit
entirely, yet - as I have said repeatedly - we arose again.
I once said, even a worm will wriggle and turn when we tread
on it, let alone men, let alone nations. The Indonesian Nation turned,
set up organisations called the National Movement, which movement
spread out, went deeper, spread out, went deeper, spread out, went
deeper, eventually covering the whole of Indonesia. Spread out, went
deeper, spread out, went deeper, ultimately on 17th August 1945
exploding as the first Indonesian Revolution.
And it was at that moment, Friends, that the Republic of Indonesia
was set up, that the Republic of Indonesia unfurled the Indonesian flag.
And that Indonesian flag is not only known by the people of
Indonesia from Sabang to Merauke, but the Indonesian flag is now
respected by the greater part of mankind. People see the Indonesian
flag flying in our Embassy in Washington, people see the Honoured
Red and White flying in London, people see the Honoured Red and
White flying in Moscow, flying in Cairo, flying in Paris, flying in
Mexico-City, flying in Ottawa - in short, the Honoured Red and
White Flag is already known by all the people in this world, and as
I have said, the greater part of mankind respects the Honoured Red
and White Flag. Only the imperialists and the stooges of the imperialists
do not respect the Red and White Flag. And as I say, God
willing, the time will come when all the people in this world will
respect the Red and While Flag wherever it may fly.
As you already know, we have existed as an independent state
since 17th August 1945. Now it is 1961.
It has existed for 16 years already and we are indeed resolved
that Indonesia's independence will last not only 16 years - our pledge
since 17th August, 1945 has been: Once free, for ever free, to the
end of time.
Today I have come to Jogjakarta. Virtually all diplomats, all
representatives of foreign countries, ambassadors, have accompanied
me to this town of Mataram. Almost all Ministers have come here.
The Chiefs of Staff of our Armed Forces are all of them here, complete.
The Chief of the State Police is also here. In short, all of them.
The ambassadors want to hear what will be the command given by
President Sukarno to the Indonesian people. And the Ministers, the
Chiefs of Staff, in short the entire Indonesian people, want to put
into practice what is commanded by President Sukarno so that West
Irian will speedily enter the territory under the authority of the
Our struggle is not yet finished. Indeed, right here in Jogjakarta,
I once emphasised that the Indonesian revolution is not yet finished
and that therefore it is our duty to march on until our revolution has
Of course, Friends, the Dutch are always launching counter
offensives. As I said just now, the large-scale offensive in the form
of the first military action on 21st July, 1947, was later followed by
the second miltary action' on 19th December, 1948.
And finally, if we think it over carefully, we should express our
thanks to the Almighty that we won our independence not - as I have
said - under the rays of the full moon, not protected by the perfume
of roses and jasmine. No, it has always been through struggle, struggle
and yet again struggle. In fact, I once said that we who grew up in
the fire's heart of revolution, we who grew up in the cauldron of
Tiandradimuka and of revolution, we have now become a strong
nation. We are not a nation that received our independence as a gift,
we are not a nation that pleaded for independence. No, we are a
nation that has waged a life and death struggle for independence,
we are a nation tempered to the utmost in the struggle to build up
independence, and we have emerged from this tempering as a nation
that is mighty and strong.
And this. is why, Friends, as I said just now, we give thanks to
the Almighty that fire rained upon us in this struggle of ours. 17th
August 1945, was the beginning of the mightiness of this fire. Fire
rained as heavily as possible upon us, there were battles in all regions
throughout Indonesia with the result that today the whole of Indonesia
is full of the graves of our youth and our fighters. Fire rained upon
us on 21st July 1947, and fire rained upon us as from 19th December
But, thanks to God Almighty, 19th December 1948, was the
beginning of total guerilla warfare. The guerilla warfare we waged
was carried out not only by our youth in the Armed Forces, not only
by our youth in the State Police. No, the entire people took part in
this total guerilla warfare and in the end, as you know, on 27th
December 1949, Dutch imperialism bowed the knee and recognised
the sovereignty of the Republic of Indonesia. This is the outcome of
Last night I told the students : Don't think that our victories
were the outcome of diplomatic manoeuvres. No. Don't think that this
Republic of ours which was recognized on 27th December 1949, was
the outcome of a skillful fencing with words by our leaders in The
Hague at the Round Table Conference. No. The R.T.C., diplomacy,
would not have succeeded if it had not been backed up by a mighty
force, if it had not been based upon a mighty force exerted by the
Indonesian people themselves. It was as a result of the struggle of the
Indonesian people in the all-out action to which I referred just now,
that the Round Table Conference brought us recognition of sovereignty
by the Dutch and then by the international world.
And at the time of the Round Table Conference, the Dutch
promised that they would recognize sovereignty over the whole of
Indonesia. And, friends, what is it that is called Indonesia? What is
called Indanesia is the entire archipelago between Sabang and
Merauke. What is called Indonesia is what was formerly referred to
as the Dutch East Indies. What is meant by Indonesia is what the
Dutch called Nederlands Indië, that entire archipelago between
Sabang and Merauke which is composed of thousands of islands.
That is what is called Indonesia.
And, at the Round Table Conference, the Dutch undertook to
recognise sovereignty, independence, over the whole of that Indonesia,
'Irrevocable" and "unconditional". But what happened, Friends ?
Even though the promise was made at the Round Table Conference
that the question of West Irian would be settled within a period of
one year, the one year passed and West Irian had still not been
returned to us. This was a huge lie, a great deception which was
played by the Dutch.
In fact. we should have understood beforehand that imperialism
is always lying, always dishonest, always playing tricks. Where was
Diponegoro arrested years ago ? In Magelang, 46 kilometres from here.
How was it that the Dutch could arrest Diponegoro ? They lied to
him first, they deceived him first : they said they were inviting him
to hold talks, to negotiate. But it appeared it was not to hold talks,
not to negotiate, but to be arrested. The greatest possible lies, tricks,
And we too have experienced the same thing, once more at the
end of 1950. On 27th December 1949, they recognised Indonesian;
sovereignty. On 27th December, 1950, West Irian had not been
returned to us.
It was at that time, I proposed to the Government of the Republic
of Indonesia to dissolve the Indonesia-Dutch Union. Since we had
agreed at the Round Table Conference to the establishment of the
Indonesia-Dutch Union - an association between Indonesia and the
Netherlands - the Republic that was recognised there was called
the Republic of the United States of Indonesia, and the Netherlands
placed in Djakarta not an ambassador but a High Commissioner of
the Kingdom of the Netherlands. But we, who had for this reason
agreed to the establishment of: the Indonesia-Dutch Union, we were
tricked, we were deceived, we were lied to. And that is why we
later abrogated, dissolved this nonsense of the Indonesia-Dutch Union.
And the struggle went on, the struggle to bring West Irian into
the territory under the authority of the Republic. We had not
succeeded in including it at the Round Table Conference, at talks
lasting for a whole year - from 27th December, 1949, till 27th
December, 1950 - West Irian was still not included in the territory
under our authority.
And so from then on, we tried, we strove, we tried, we strove,
to bring West Irian into the territory under the authority of the
Republic, by means of diplomacy, through talks, through nice-sounding
speeches at the United Nations. At the United Nations, we
tried, we tried, until we pleaded, to bring West Irian into the territory
under our authority.
But what was the result? In the United Nations too, there was
no result at all. In fact, in the United Nations there were those who
said: we agree with the Dutch controlling West Irian. The Dutch
said: oh, in West Irian, we are not carrying out colonisation, we
are there, oh yes, only to educate the people of West Irian; we are
not carrying out colonisation. And fancy, there are United Nations
members who confirm this. "Yes, the Dutch are not carrying out
colonisation. It is only Indonesia that says that the Dutch are
carrying out colonisation".
Our struggle for West Irian, our verbal struggle, our fencing
with words, our pleading in the United Nations did not succeed.
Indeed, for a long time I have said: What is this United Nations?
The United Nations is simply an association of human beings. Yes,
they are people, representatives all of them representing this state,
that state, this state, that state, this state, that state. that state, that
state, representatives. But only some of those United Nations members,
meaning only some of those representatives, are real fighters, real
representatives of the common people of their states. They are just
diplomats, who have suddenly been struck by good luck, who have
had a sudden stroke of fortune, become the representatives of their
country in the United Nations. When a session is on, they dress
themselves up, doll themselves up in smart ties, and say: Yes, I am
the representative of my people. They make fine-sounding speeches,
and yet for the greater part, these speeches do not conform with the
sentiments of the people they represent.
As I said just now, our struggle in the United Nations was not
successful. And that is why, at a certain point of time we said: We
shall not talk any more in the UN. For years, we have tried in the
UN, tried in the UN, tried in the UN, tried in the UN, tried in the
UN, without success. One day, I said to the Government of the
Republic of Indonesia: Do not discuss the West Irian question in
the UN any more, but practise a new policy vis-a-vis Dutch imperialism.
Let us have a confrontation of strength vis-a-vis Dutch
imperialism. Have a trial of strength and not only a match of tongues.
I said, confrontation in all fields. "What do you say to that?" I said:
"Here am I - here is Indonesia. Where are you?" Confrontation.
Confrontation of what? They confront us economically, we confront
them economically. Confront us politically, we confront them politically.
They confront us militarily, we confront them militarily too.
Yes, and that is why, ever since that time, we have been building up,
strengthening our Armed Forces.
And today, I am proud. There stand at attention before me,
for all oŁ you to see, new officers just graduated from the Military
Academy in Magelang. Look at how smart they are standing there.
They bear a great responsibility, to guard our independence, to guard
our state, to defend our independence, and also, to bring West Irian
into the territory under the authority of the Republic.
You young men, graduates of the National Military Academy,
standing now before me! I hereby officially invest you as officers
of our Armed Forces. You must know, young officers, that your
duties from this moment on are heavier than ever before. You are
now leaders in the Armed Forces of the Republic of Indonesia. And
today, the Armed Forces of the Republic of Indonesia have received
my order to get themselves ready so that at any moment I give the
order they enter West Irian to liberate it.
And so you, too, young graduates of the National Military
Academy, be at the ready, because, as I said just now, I have already
given the order to the entire Armed Forces of the Republic of Indonesia,
the Army, and the Air Force, and also the Navy, to get themselves
ready so that at any moment I give you the command, you
liberate West Irian from the strangle-hold of Dutch imperialism.
As I said just now, I hereby invest you all as officers in the
Army of the Republic of Indonesia.
Friends, we are carrying out political confrontation in all sectors,
I said. And as a result of this political confrontation, the Dutch
have begun to change their attitude. But this change has not been
in the direction of meeting our demands; they have taken an attitude
even crazier than before. As you know, Luns made a move, made a
move in the United Nations.
As I said just now, it is even crazier. Even more chaotic, even
greater trickery against the Republic and the international world
At first, he made a move that sounded most pleasing to the
ears, very attractive indeed. That is, he said: Nowadays, the Dutch
don't want to be bothered any more with West Irian, and so West
Irian is going to be internationalised. At first, he said that he didn't
want to be bothered any more, or that the Dutch didn't want to be
bothered any more with West Irian, and so West Irian would be
internationalised. And he said that he would make the move of
decolonisation of West Irian. Decolonisation means putting an end
to, putting a stop to the colonisation of West Irian.
Later. on, he said he would give the people of West Irian the
right of self-determination.
This all sounds extremely attractive. Internationalisation, decoIo
But we, the Indonesian nation cannot be deceived, we, the
Indonesian nation cannot be chained up, we cannot be caught in a
Internationalisation is but a move, is but what the French call
a "tour de main", a mere try, an attempt to shift the attention of
the world from the Netherlands to the whole international world. If
anyone is to be responsible, then it is not the Dutch but the whole
And as for that decolonisation! Now, they are talking about
decolonisation, but before they said that they were not colonising.
And, according to some countries, it is even true that the Dutch are
not colonising. But now, in fact, they admit that they have been
colonising because now they talk about decolonisation. Decolonisation
means putting an end to colonisation.
And self-determination. We know that term. In the time of Van
Mook, we knew all this talk about "self-determination": But what did
it mean? Setting up member states. We know the self-determination
policy of Van Mook. But as a result of Van Mook's policy, the
Pasundan state came into existence, the state of East Java, the State
of East Sumatra, the state of East Indonesia, and others. We were
split up, torn asunder by imperialism, by this so-called "self-determination".
And that is why, Friends, when I first heard in Tokyo that the
Dutch were going to pursue a policy of self-determination, I turned it
down firmly. And I said that we are not prepared to accept self
determination for West Irian from the Dutch.
Friends, when Foreign Minister Subandrio met me in Rome on
his way to the United Nations to deal with Luns, I reminded him of
my previous order, namely, not to take up the West Irian question in
the UN, but to pursue a policy of confrontation. But what could we
do? Luns took the West Irian question to the UN, and we were
therefore compelled to deal with it. And so, in view of this, we took
a decision. Subandrio went to New York to deal with Luns. I was ill
at the time in Rome. Dr. Subandrio came to Rome to ask for my
And I told him: Your duty in New York is just one. One, not
two, not three, but one, and that is, to defeat Luns' proposal. Defeat
the proposals of the Dutch so that the Luns proposal can not be
accepted by the UN. My instruction to Dr. Subandrio was positive
and clear, and he carried out my instruction in the best possible way.
This is the proper place for me to compliment Dr. Subandrio, Foreign
Minister Subandrio, for having striven so well to defeat the Luns
Friends, after the Luns proposal had been defeated - and you
know all about his defeat - these Dutch did not become wiser. They
did not then say: Yes, I understand, so West Irian has to be returned
to the Republic of Indonesia. No. They became madder than ever.
What are they doing? They are proclaiming a puppet state called
"the state of Papua". They are flying a Papua flag there, introducing
there a so-called "national anthem", a "Papua national anthem". This
is another great wickedness. They were defeated in the UN, and now
they go on with their trickery against the Indonesian nation. Establishing
a puppet "state of Papua", flying a "Papua flag".
We are one nation, Pa'Dimara said last night. We know only
one state in the territory of Indonesia and that is the State of the
Republic of Indonesia. We know only one flag in this territory of the
Republic, the Honoured Red and White Flag. We know only one
national anthem in this territory of the Republic, the "Indonesia Raya".
And now, Friends, I ask you, I ask the international world, and
I ask you ambassadors who are present here: "At this present moment,
the Dutch are setting up a puppet state in West Irian, partitioning it
from the Republic of Indonesia. A puppet state of Papua. In West Irian
they are carrying out a policy of partition with the act of establishing a
"state of Papua", flying the "Papua flag", introducing a so-called
"Papua national anthem". And what should we do? What should I do?
What should the Republic of Indonesia do? What is to be done?
Oh, yes, in the UN we can execute diplomacy, in the UN we can
fence with words, we can use this argument and that argument in
the UN, this reason and that reason. In the UN, we can table this
motion and that motion, this resolution and that resolution.
In the UN it is already clear there are no results. But now at
present in West Irian, the Dutch set up a "state of Papua", they
fly the "flag of that state of Papua", they create a "Papua anthem".
What must we here do? There is nothing else to do, we here
must act. Act. And that is why I now give a command to the entire
Indonesian people. And what is my command? Listen!
My Command positively and clearly is: Frustrate, come now, all
you people of Indonesia, defeat the setting up of that "state of Papua"!
What is my further Command? Come now, all you people of
Indonesia, unfurl the Honoured Red White Flag in West Irian!
I give this command positively and clearly. Defeat this "state
of Papua"! Unfurl the Red and White Flag in West Irian! Defeat
it! Unfurl our flag! Be prepared, general mobilisation is coming!
General mobilisation which will involve the whole of the people of
Indonesia in order to liberate West Irian completely from the stranglehold
of Dutch imperialism.
Friends, this is my Command. Execute this Command of mine!
And here, I would like to express heartfelt thanks to all the
representatives of the states which have helped us. I thank the repre-
sentatives of states in the UN who have helped us, both from Asia,
from Africa and from the Socialist states, Yes from the Socialist
states, too. I thank them very much for their help in our struggle to
bring West Irian into the territory under the authority of the Republic.
Friends, some people accuse us: Yes, the Republic of Indonesia
turns too sweet a face to the Socialist states, oh, the Republic of
Indonesia is far too friendly with the Socialist states.
I ask: and is this not fitting? The Socialist states have helped
us, the Socialist states endorse our claim to West Irian. I said this
before the women at the Gerwani Congress.
Let's imagine that over there are the Socialist states. And over
there are the imperialist states. Yes, indeed, the Republic of Indonesia
stand, in the middle, indeed the Republic of Indonesia pursues an
independent and active policy. Yes, Indonesia pursues a policy which
those over there call a neutral policy. That, right, But look, is
Indonesia wrong to be nice to the people over there, yes, to the
Socialist states? To be thankful to the Socialist side? They, the
Socialist states, confirm us in uniting the state of the Republic of
Indonesia. They vindicate this. The gentlemen over there, the imperialists,
they do not vindicate this. These people (the socialist nations - Ed.)
help us to establish a unitary state of the Republic of Indonesia.
Those over there, the imperialists, in fact they trip us up in
establishing a strong unitary state of the Republic of Indonesia, they carry
out subversive actions to destroy the Republic of Indonesia. These
people endorse us in claiming West Irian so that West Irian comes
within the territory under the authority of the Republic. Those people
do not endorse us in demanding that West Irian comes within the
territory under the authority of the Republic.
These people help us to bring West Irian into the territory under
the authority of the Republic. Those over there oppose us in bringing
West Irian into the territory under the authority of the Republic.
Are we wrong, Friends, if we say to these people: Yes, thank
you friends from the Socialist states. Thank you, and we turn a
friendly face towards them. That's how it is, Friends. Come, let us
march onwards. As I have said, repeatedly, in fact we do not stand
Come on, defeat the "state of Papua"! Come on, unfurl the
Honoured Red and White Flag in West Irian! Come on, every one
of you, people of Indonesia! We do not stand alone! Look, it is
not only 92 million people who want to do this but, as I have said
repeatedly, other states, other peoples, in Asia, Africa, in the Socialist
states, all of them are helping us. We do not stand alone. More than
2,000 million people are on our side. And so, let us march onward!
And, friends, in fact, it is not just me who is speaking. No!
Some people from the imperialist side say: Oh, that West Irian, that's
only Sukarno. Its only Sukarno who makes all that fuss. If there were
no Sukarno, the West Irian fire would have gone out already. And,
when I was ill in Vienna, some people said; Oh, let's hope Sukarno
dies. They prayed that I would die soon or were already speculating,
oh now Sukarno is going to die. Briefly, oh there won't be any more
West Irian actions, And we imperialists will be able to enjoy ourselves
I ask you, the Indonesian people, is it true that it is me, Sukarno,
who urges you on to bring West Irian into the territoy [sic] under the
authority of the Republic? No! No! No! I am but the mouthpiece
of the people of Indonesia. I see young officers here before me. I see
khaki uniforms over there. Behind me sit Ministers, leaders of political
parties, religious leaders, representatives of the youth; representatives
of the women.
In front of me are the common people, the common people of
all groups. Workers, peasants, women, men, youth, all groups of the
people of Indonesia confirm what I am saying.
I am not just giving expression to my own desire alone; every
word I utter has the full support of the entire Indonesian people.
And when I give the Command, in fact it is not Sukarno's Command
to the Indonesian people, in fact it is not the Command of the President
of the Republic of Indonesia to the Indonesian people, in fact it is
not the Command of the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces
of the Republic of Indonesia. it is not the Command to the Indonesian
people of the Commander in chief for the Liberation of West Irian.
No! It is in fact the Command of the Indonesian people to the
Indonesian people themselves. Is it not correct when I say that this is
your own desire, my Friends, the people of Indonesia?
I am merely continuing in the spirit in the hearts of the people of
Indonesia. The spirit in the hearts of the Indonesian nation that loves
independence. The spirit in the hearts of the Indonesian nation who
always fight for independence. Together with you all, I, am merely
continuing in the spirit of Sultan Agung Hanjokrokusumo, who tried
to bring about the downfall of Jan Pieterszoon Coen's power in the.
territory of Indonesia's native land. I am merely continuing in the
spirit of Imam Bondjol. I am merely continuing in the spirit of
Teuku Imam Tjik Ditiro. I am only continuing in the spirit of Djoko
Untung Suropati. I am merely continuing in the spirit of Pangeran
Diponegoro. I am only continuing in the spirit of Sultan Hasannudin.
I am merely continuing in the spirit of Ktut Djelantik. I am only
continuing in the spirit of our fighters in our Nationalist Movement.
I am only continuing in the spirit of Monginsidi who was killed by
machine-gun fire by the Dutch. I am continuing in the spirit of our
fighters who now lie in the Semaki Hero's Cemetery. I am continuing
in the spirit of all the fighters of the Republic of Indonesia who now
adorn the Hero's Cemeteries all over Indonesia. I am only continuing
in the spirit of the people of Indonesia who have loved independence
from times of old.
Yes, we love peace, but we love independence even more. And
that is why, all you people of Indonesia, let us, as I said just now,
defeat the attempts of the Dutch to set up a "state of Papua", let
us unfurl the Honoured Red and White Flag in West Irian. Prepare
yourselves in a short time for the command to carry out the general
mobilisation of the people of Indonesia in order to liberate West
Irian completely from the strangle-hold of the Dutch imperialists.
I ask the Secretary of the National Defence Council to bring
the text of my Command here: I shall sign this Command in front
of you all, may it be implemented, executed by the entire Indonesian
The Secretary of the National Defence Council will read out
the text of my Command.
We, the President, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces
of the Republic of Indonesia, within the context of the policy of
confrontation with the Dutch in order to liberate West Irian, have
instructed the Armed Forces to be ready at all times for the moment
we will fix to perform the duty of liberating West Irian. Indonesia's
native land, from the chains of Dutch colonialism.
And now, at this moment, because the Dutch are still intent upon
continuing their colonialism in our native land, West Irian, by
partitioning the people and native land of Indonesia, we order the
people of Indonesia, including those in the region of West Irian, to
execute the following tri-command:
1. Defeat the formation of the puppet state of Papua of Dutch colonial make.
2. Unfurl the Honoured Red and White Flag in West Irian, Indonesian native land.
3. Be ready for general mobilisation to defend the independence and unity of Country and Nation.
May God Almighty bless Indonesia's struggle for independence.
Jogjakarta, 19 December 1961.
President/ Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces
of the Republic of Indonesia
Great Leader of the Indonesian Revolution/
Commander in Chief of the Supreme Command for
the Liberation of West Irian.
(The President signed the text-Ed.)
That is my Command. Thank you.