27 Dec 2012

Amid Papua strife, Indonesia sets up diplomatic ties with Nauru

2:18 pm on 27 December 2012

Indonesia has established diplomatic ties with Nauru, in what Jakarta says is an effort to expand opportunities and strengthen links between the two countries.

Nauru is the 183rd nation, out of 193 UN members states, with which Indonesia has established diplomatic relations after setting up links with Tuvalu earlier this year.

Observers have told the Jakarta Globe that the move is a bold measure to suppress support for the separation of Papua from Indonesia at a time when the Pacific Islands Forum appears to be growing in international stature.

Some Pacific countries, especially Vanuatu, have expressed support for Papua 's right to self-determination as Jakarta stands accused of serious human rights abuses to exercise its control over the area.