The South in World Politics by Chris Alden;Sally Morphet;Marco Antonio Vieira

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The attempt by the Dutch, with the initial backing of the British military, to regain control over the Japanese-occupied territories of Indonesia, had proved more than the enervated colonial power could manage and officials in London were looking for a resolution. The conference produced three resolutions on the question, one of which inter alia called for the transfer of power by 1 January 1950. These were officially submitted to the Security Council and influenced the next Security Council resolution on Indonesia passed the same month.

The Bandung conference remains immensely influential. 34 One such impact was on the continuing debate on the right of self-determination which subsequently became less fraught. ’35 It was illustrated too by the fact that in 1960, the nine countries (Australia, Belgium, Dominican Republic, France Portugal, South Africa, Spain, UK and US) who originally were unwilling to subscribe to the seminal Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (GAR 1514) adopted by 89–0–9, only abstained on rather than voted against the Declaration.

42 The South in World Politics The participants discussed the position of Africa and Asia, and the ways and means by which their peoples could achieve the fullest economic, cultural and political cooperation. The main items on the agenda were Economic Co-operation; Cultural Co-operation; Human Rights and Self-Determination, Problems of Dependent People: Other Problems Including Palestine; the Promotion of World Peace and Cooperation. The final communiqué also specifically noted that the representation of the countries of the Asian-African region on the Security Council, in relation to the principle of equitable geographical distribution, was inadequate.

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