10 Nov 2006

American Samoan Congressman wants Pacific Forum to address problems in Papua

8:46 am on 10 November 2006

The American Samoan Congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, who has been re-elected to a 10th term as a non-voting delegate in the United States Congress, says the Pacific Forum Countries should face up to the problems in the region, in particular in Papua.

Faleomavaega Hunkin says he is disappointed with the Forum for not prioritising the Papua issue.

"I want to reiterate again my disappointment with the forum countries for not seriously taking this issue in their agenda of discussion, as they should. I don't understand, we are willing to fight for democracy in the Middle East and right behind our back door we continue to pretend that West Papuas New Guinea does not even exist."

Faleomavaega Hunkin says he has always been an advocate for a Papua free of Indonesian rule and will continue to do so.