INDONESIA SEEKS SUPPORT FROM PACIFIC NATIONS

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Sept. 17) - Indonesian
Foreign Affairs Minister Hassan Wirajuda says his government is monitoring
support from a number of countries in the Asia Pacific region for Papuan
independence.

He says his government will now ask countries that support
Indonesia's territorial integrity to be consistent in their positions.

According to Wirajuda, the support for Indonesia by countries in
the region who are members of the Pacific Islands Forum was made in a
declaration released in August this year.

In the declaration, countries in the region explicitly referred
to Indonesia as the authority, which has sovereignty over Papua.

Indications of Vanuatu's support in providing an opportunity for
the Free Papua Organization to open representative offices in the country were
denied by Vanuatu's foreign affairs department in late August.

Wirajuda says no evidence has been found with regard to
suspicions of Australia's involvement in supporting the separatist movement in
Papua.

September 17, 2003

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra 

 

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