U.N. West New Guinea #1-19 MNH
Western New Guinea became the focus of a political dispute between the Netherlands and Indonesia following the recognition of the independence of the latter. The Indonesian side claimed the territory as its own while the Dutch side maintained that its residents were not Indonesian and that the Netherlands would continue to administer the territory until it was capable of self determination. An agreement stipulated that the administration would pass from the Netherlands to a United Nations temporary authority on 1 October 1962. Nineteen postage stamps, as well as some postal stationery items, were issued by UNTEA.