16 Nov 2009

Three PNG MPs support self determination cause for West Papuans

11:23 am on 16 November 2009

Three Papua New Guinea politicians have joined an international campaign to support West Papuans alleged to be being persecuted by Indonesian authorities.

The PNG MPs reignited the controversial issue, the week before the Indonesian government starts repatriating up to 700 West Papuans who live in PNG's capital Port Moresby or towns along the shared border.

The Governor of Port Moresby, Powes Parkop says PNG has "turned a blind eye and deaf ear" to the issue.

MPs Jamie Maxton-Graham and Boka Kondra also criticised PNG's inaction over the plight of their fellow Melanesians, who are an ethnic minority in Indonesia's Papua province.

The three joined 50 MPs from other countries in signing a charter.

The charter calls for the United Nations to restore the "right of the indigenous people of West Papua to self-determination".