5 Apr 2006

Papuan call for mediation with Indonesia

8:21 pm on 5 April 2006

The spokesman for the 43 Papuan asylum seekers who fled to Australia three months ago, Herman Waingai is pleading for international assistance to solve the tension in the Indonesian province.

Last month, 42 of the 43 Papuans were granted temporary protection visas and this week they were moved to Melbourne after being detained on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.

Mr Waingai says the international community has to take a lead and mediate between Jakarta and the self-determination movement.

"We are asking if the international community can facilitate a meeting between the Indonesian Government and pro-independence West Papua leaders outside of the country, so we can solve this problem with dialogue."

New Zealand has previously said it would be willing to mediate if asked by Jakarta.