NAURU’S PRESIDENT DOWIYOGO APPEALS TO U.S. TO HELP RESOLVE WEST PAPUAISSUE

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NAURU’S PRESIDENT DOWIYOGO APPEALS TO U.S. TO HELP RESOLVE WEST PAPUA ISSUE

YAREN, Nauru (December 14, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Nauru’s President Bernard Dowiyogo has appealed to the United States to intervene in West Papua’s struggle for independence from Indonesia.

His plea is contained in a letter sent to U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright.

In the letter, President Dowiyogo calls on the United States to "make every effort to resolve the crisis in West Papua in an early and peaceful fashion."

Mr. Dowiyogo was instrumental in raising the independence demands of the West Papua people at last September’s Millennium Summit at the United Nations in New York.

He also raised the same issue at last month’s Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Tarawa, Kiribati.

The Indonesian province of Irian Jaya, also known as West Papua, shares the island of New Guinea with independent Papua New Guinea.

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