PNG Foreign Minister Reaffirms Position On West Papua

Pato: Melanesian province are 'an integral part of the republic of Indonesia'

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Sept. 30, 2016) – Papua New Guinea’s position on West Papua is clear – it is an integral part of the republic of Indonesia.

As far as self-determination is concerned, PNG’s position is also clear, and that is that West Papua or the Papua Province or any of the Melanesian provinces of Indonesia can raise it through proper forums in accordance with rules of international law.

Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Rimbink Pato said this while responding to questions raised by reporters in Port Moresby on PNG’s position on West Papua.

“We have a number of issues that we have dealt with; one was at the Pacific Island Forum leaders summit here in PNG.

“If there are allegations on human rights, these are matters which can be looked at. There are institutions globally, including the UN, which deal with these and we don’t have these issues,” Mr Pato said

“As far as we are concerned, we have a strong relationship with the Government of Indonesia.

“We have a whole range of agreements and treaties which govern our relationship, so our position is that West Papua or the Papua Province remains an integral part of the Republic of Indonesia.

Mr Pato reaffirmed the Government’s support for Indonesian territorial sovereignty in West Papua and Papua provinces.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill had on many occasions spoken about human rights abuses in Indonesia’s eastern region, which PNG shares a land border with, but maintained he wanted to take a diplomatic approach to the issue of the future of West Papua, the mainly Melanesian and Christian western half of New Guinea Island.

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