29 Jul 2009

Papua independence movement raises flag

3:02 pm on 29 July 2009

Members of the National Liberation Army of the Free Papua Movement are reported to have raised an independence flag in the border region between Indonesia's Papua Province and Papua New Guinea.

The Indonesian newspaper, Kompas Cyber Media website reports that the group raised a Morning Star Flag and demanded open dialogue regarding Papuan independence.

The Military Information Service says the flag was raised about one kilometre from an Indonesian Armed Forces Battalion Security Post.

It says the Armed Forces response was limited to being alert and increasing surveillance, as the police are responsible for handling such cases.

But Kompas reports the incident almost resulted in an armed clash between the separatist group and local security forces.

The Morning Star flag was eventually lowered but the Free Papua Movement refused to surrender it.