IRIAN JAYANS TO ASK WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES FOR INDEPENDENCE

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (November 9, 1998 - Radio Australia)---The Secretary-General of the PNG Council of Churches says Irian Jayans are about to renew their push for independence from Indonesia.

Two weeks ago, the Papua New Guinea Government agreed to allow the estimated 10,000 refugees from Irian Jaya to stay in PNG. But the General Secretary of the Council of Churches, the Reverend Pat Kila, said the refugees would prefer to return home.

There is renewed enthusiasm for independence, he noted, since the downfall of Indonesian President Suharto and the World Council of Churches will be asked to support the movement.

"At the moment the church network seems to be the channel that support is coming through very strongly from," said the Reverend Kila. "And what we have done is to take it up with the World Council of Churches at the forthcoming assembly in Harare in Zimbabwe. And we're hoping the WCC will take it further up with the United Nations."

The province of Irian Jaya borders independent Papua New Guinea on the Island of New Guinea.

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