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US suggests some autonomy for Indonesia’s Papua

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Indonesia needs to allow “a degree of autonomy” in its Papua province.
Clinton said the Obama administration would raise the subject with Indonesia.
A low-level insurgency seeking to break from the central government has been waged in Papua since Indonesia took it over from the Dutch in 1963. About 100,000 Papuans, or about a sixth of the population of the impoverished territory, have died in military operations.
Clinton said Wednesday the province “needs to be supported in its efforts to have a degree of autonomy.”
She was responding to a question at a congressional hearing by Rep. Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, American Samoa’s nonvoting delegate to Congress and a frequent critic of Indonesia.