16 May 2016

Jakarta turns to Britain to explain Papua situation

3:15 pm on 16 May 2016
Indonesia's Co-ordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security, Luhut Pandjaitan.

Indonesia's Co-ordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security, Luhut Pandjaitan. Photo: AFP

An Indonesian government delegation has travelled to Britain to talk about West Papua to local MPs and church leaders.

The Coordinating Minister for Politics, Luhut Pandjaitan, led the delegation.

Its visit was organised hastily following the highly-publicised International Parliamentarians for West Papua summit in London two weeks ago which resulted in a call for an internationally supervised vote on West Papuan self-determination.

Following the summit and its airing of concerns over ongoing human rights abuses against West Papuans, Jakarta has been anxious to explain its side of the story about Papua.

To that effect, Mr Luhut's delegation met with a member of both the House of Lords and IPWP, Lord Harries, to talk about conditions in Papua.