22 Sep 2008

Raising of Papuan flag not separatism, says Indonesian Defence Minister

2:17 pm on 22 September 2008

Indonesia's Defence Minister, Juwono Sudarsono, says the raising of a Morning Star flag by Papuans should be considered an attempt to seek attention rather than an act of separatism.

At a joint media briefing with his Australian counterpart Joel Fitzgibbon he said we can't conclude that they want to separate from Indonesia just because they hoisted the flag.

TheJakarta Post quotes the minister as saying Indonesia should seek a dialogue with them instead of punishing them.

Juwono says Jakarta must address the roots of the Papuan's


Jakarta outlawed the Morning Star Flag in 2007, and those who raise

it face imprisonment