18 Apr 2013

New governor of Papua will empower separatist groups

8:17 am on 18 April 2013

The newly elected governor of Indonesia's Papua province says he will approach separatist groups and offer to empower them.

Lukas Enembe says the government needs to listen to separatists and he expects better communication through his new approach.

He says the ongoing problems for citizens are injustice and a lack of prosperity.

The Jakarta Post reports that Mr Enembe's administration will focus on education, welfare and development, and will use the special autonomy funds to finance the programmes.

Papua has received 2.9 billion US dollars of special autonomy funds in the last decade.

Successive governments have often been criticised for not using the funds to solve basic problems such as welfare and access to health services.