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NEWS RELEASE August 14, 2001

An activist of the Free West Papua movement has arrived in Nauru. This is despite a ban placed upon the movement by Nauru in sending representatives to the Pacific Islands Forum Leader's Meeting.

Radio Australia correspondent Sean Dorney reports that the activist has been ordered to leave Nauru on the next flight back to Fiji.

"Last week Nauru revoked the visas of four members of the West Papua Presidium Council who'd been allowed last year to push the Free West Papua cause at the Pacific Islands Forum in Kiribati.

"Nauru's President Rene Harris said he was withdrawing Nauru's active support for the independence cause because he'd been lobbied by various factions recently, and the West Papuans need to get their house in order.

"Dirk Kereway, who's a critic of the Presidium Council and claims the title First Secretary of the OPM, flew into Nauru yesterday via Fiji after traveling from Holland.

"The Nauru authorities told him that without a visa he'll have to leave on Air Nauru's next flight to Fiji.

"Mr. Kereway doesn't blame Nauru, he blames the Presidium Council, claiming it's created confusion in the minds of the people of the Pacific."

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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