1 Aug 2005

United States reiterates position against Papuan secession from Indonesia

4:07 pm on 1 August 2005

The United States says it doesn't support or condone any efforts to promote the secession of Papua from the Republic of Indonesia.

The Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, had said a recent move by the US Congress to approve a bill questioning the status of Papua could create tension between the two countries.

A spokesperson for the US State Department, Sean McCormack, says the United States has firm support for the territorial integrity of Indonesia.

Mr McCormack says the implementation of political and economic reforms, in the context of Special Autonomy and within a united Indonesia, is the key to addressing long-standing grievances, including human rights concerns.