INDONESIA OUTRAGED OVER WEST PAPUA MOVES IN PNG

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 10, 1998 - Post-Courier)---The Indonesian Embassy in Port Moresby is understood to be outraged over certain activities conducted on Papua New Guinea soil by representatives of West Papua (Irian Jaya).

Embassy officials have made formal complaints to the PNG government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade about the activities of West Papua leaders and activists in PNG.

A senior official told the Post-Courier yesterday that the Embassy was communicating with officers from the Foreign Affairs Department and had expressed the concerns of the Indonesian Government.

He said the Embassy was concerned about the opening of the new West Papua New Guinea National Congress Office in Port Moresby and questioned whether the host country had given approval for the setting up of the office.

The new office was opened two weeks ago and is situated at Korobosea.

The official said such activities would destabilize the existing treaties on mutual respect and cooperation between the two countries.

Foreign Affairs Minister Roy Yaki is understood to be angry, after issuing an official government position that the PNG Government still recognizes Irian Jaya as an integral part of Indonesia.

The official further expressed concern about a seminar on Human Rights Day which will be conducted at the University of Papua New Guinea starting today.

He said while he did not oppose the seminar and the various topics to be presented, he was concerned about one of the topics -- Struggle in West Papua -- to be presented by Michael Kareth.

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