18 Apr 2005

Vanuatu government calls on Papuans to compromise and hold talks with Jakarta

6:49 am on 18 April 2005

The Vanuatu Government says it is time for elements in the self determination movement in the Indonesian province of Papua to show a willingness to compromise.

Vanuatu has been the staunchest supporter of the movement over the years, allowing it to establish an office in Port Vila and including Papuans in its delegations to international fora.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Sato Kilman, says there are signs that the Papuans are fragmented but he says they need to come together because Jakarta has indicated a willingness to talk.

"They have said they are prepared to get around the table and talk over the issue. But this is one thing which the West Papuans must be able to do as well. We have come to a time when you can no longer stand in your own corner and say I want this, I want this, and hope it will happen."