Consultant: Papua Regional Dialogue Should Be Fact-Based

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Critical of remarks based on ‘propaganda’

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, November 2, 2015) – An Indonesian government consultant on West Papua-related issues says regional dialogue about Papua is welcome but should be based on facts.

Franz Albert Joku represents the Indonesian region abroad, particularly around the Melanesian Spearhead Group, which recently granted observer status to the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.

Leaders of some MSG member states have recently raised concerns about West Papuan human rights and self-determination issues.

Mr Joku says the regional discourse is healthy.

"I only hope that leaders of the Pacific nations take their positions and make their remarks based on facts, rather than basing their comments or opinion on propaganda material. With the advancement of technology, there's a lot of it circulating too."

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