19 Nov 2005

Indonesia dismisses Dutch study on crucial Papua vote

7:21 am on 19 November 2005

Indonesia has dismissed a Dutch parliament-commissioned study that cast doubt on the legality of Indonesia's rule in the province of Papua.

The Jakarta Post newspaper quotes officials as saying the report's substance was no longer relevant.

A spokesman for Indonesia's Foreign Ministry, Yuri Thamrin, says the status of Papua as an integral part of Indonesia has already been recognised by the world.

The UN was to have organised a democratic referendum on self-determination for all Papuans in 1969.

The Indonesian authorities then polled 1,022 hand-picked representatives on behalf of the population of about 700,000 people.

They entitled the vote "the Act of Free Choice."