Indonesia praises PNG for smothering Papua issue

Posted at 03:27 on 28 August, 2008 UTC by RNZI
Indonesia’s ambassador to Papua New Guinea has praised PNG’s Government for blocking the West Papua issue from being raised in recent meetings of the Melanesian Spearhead Group and Pacific Islands Forum.

Bom Soerjanto made these remarks at a reception to celebrate Indonesia’s 63 years of independence.

In recent Melanesian Spearhead Group meetings, Vanuatu pushed for West Papuans to be granted observer status in the MSG.

These attempts were blocked by the PNG Government which also ensured the issue didn’t make the agenda for this month’s Forum summit in Niue.

Mr Soerjanto says relations between his country and PNG have been buoyed by bilateral arrangements which mean each country respects the other’s territorial integrity including the agreement on border arrangements.

However, the PNG newspaper, The National, reports that Indonesian military aircraft have been invading PNG’s airspace in a shift from terrestrial to aerial incursions.

This is despite Jakarta recently apologising for incursions by its troops who had been harassing Papua New Guineans in and around the border villages.

1 comment so far

  1. Andrew on

    Thank you for speaking up. If I may provide some assistance.
    A referendum requires a popular vote to gauge the population’s wish, the 1969 AFC was not a referendum and was not under any UN control, design or influence. The AFC was staged to claim the 1967 sale of West Papua’s mining rights by Suharto to Freeport was legal.

    West Papua was colonized in 1962 by the United States unwittingly for the Freeport corporation. The US force the Dutch & paid the UN to sign the New York Agreement trading the COLONY to Indonesia. The US NSC and McGeorge Bundy spent 1961 telling Kennedy that the US had to do this to stop Indonesia becoming a communist State. Freeport director Robert A. Lovett in 1960 told Kennedy to appoint McGeorge Bundy as the US National Security Advise, in control of the NSC.
    On my site you’ll find the US Dept. of State records, copies of the relevant UN resolutions, a good supply of newspaper and other articles. etc. All Best, and thank you again.

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