Indonesian gov't plays down Papua rally

13:57, August 04, 2011      

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The Indonesian government plays down the impact of the recent rallies in Papua and the conference of International Lawyers for West Papua (ILWP) in London to pursue a referendum for independence, Indonesian ministers have said.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, who was formerly Indonesian ambassador to the United Kingdom, said the movement for a free Papua did not have the support of the British people or the government.

"There are people who want to revive the problem. However, the British government always underlines its policy of supporting Indonesia and the special autonomy in Papua," Marty was quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying on Thursday.

Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto echoed the sentiments.

"Papua is part of the republic. We have to keep it," Djoko was quoted by the post as saying.

About 2,000 people representing the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) rallied peacefully in Jayapura in Papua on Tuesday in a show of support for the conference of International Lawyers for West Papua (ILWP) in London to pursue a referendum for independence.

Rallies also took place in Biak Island and in Jakarta, where hundreds of people gathered at the state palace.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:刘晓宁)

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