25 Jul 2006

West Papuan resistance commanders unify structure

3:05 pm on 25 July 2006

Resistance leaders in Papua say that unifying their command structure will help address communications problems across the wide and remote territory of the Indonesian province.

Representatives from all six commands of the West Papuan National Army, or TPN, are wrapping up a three-day meeting in Madang, Papua New Guinea.

The meeting's facilitator, Jonah Wenda, says the aim of the meeting was to bring together all Papua groups resisting Indonesian rule under one umbrella command.

He says establishing this regional command framework means they can keep in touch with other political and NGO groups to share information in their work to solve isues through non-violent means.

"Because, in West Papua we have a wide area and no good communications even though we have one cause - for independence, for liberation. But because of communications and the wider territory, what we are trying to do now is to build these different commands to come under one understanding."

Jonah Wenda says the TPN commanders have pledged to continue their struggle for a free West Papua through non-violent means.