22 May 2012

PNG Governor urges Indonesia to recognise rights of West Papuans

2:47 pm on 22 May 2012

The Governor of Papua New Guinea's National Capital District says pressure must be brought to bear on Indonesia to address the West Papua issue.

A long-time advocate of West Papuan rights, Powes Parkop says the West Papua issue remains the obstacle to good relations between Indonesia and the Pacific islands community.

He says if his Social Democratic Party is part of the next government after the June election, he will push for recognition of the long-denied right to self-determination of West Papuans.

Mr Parkop says Indonesia must allow the proper exercise of that right to proceed.

"We have a plan to work with the Indonesian government to give them assurance and, if you like, security of their investment and so on, if West Papua should choose to become a nation of independence. We want to see more political and economic integration between Papua New Guinea, West Papua and Indonesia."

Powes Parkop