Papua Independence Campaigner Calls For Election Boycott

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Participation in provincial polls strengthens Indonesian control: Wenda

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, March 18, 2014) – The Free West Papua campaign is calling on ethnic Papuan people to boycott upcoming elections in the disputed Indonesian province.

A campaigner, Benny Wenda, says voting in the provincial elections, held by Jakarta, would only allow Indonesia's control of the province to continue.

The chair of the Vanuatu Free West Papua Association, Pastor Alan Nafuki, is supporting Mr Wenda's call.

He says Papuans hold divided opinions on who they are, and what they want.

But Pastor Nafuki believes a referendum for West Papua's self-determination is preferable over the elections.

"Now a lot of people are talking about a referendum, that's one option. The other one would be if they would ask other bodies, like other governments of the world to assist."

Alan Nafuki says West Papua needs the support of the United Nations to achieve self determination, something Indonesia refuses to consider.

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