26 Aug 2013

West Papua activist accuses Indonesia of not honouring its promise

8:53 am on 26 August 2013

An activist from the Indonesian province of West Papua says Indonesia is lying and not honouring its promise to the leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

The secretary-general of the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation Rex Rumakiek says Indonesia is now dictating to MSG leaders what they should do.

He says during the MSG summit in New Caledonia, it was agreed that all foreign ministers visit Indonesia and West Papua to see the situation themselves.

Mr Rumakiek says now Indonesia is inviting the MSG leaders one by one.

He says the Solomon Islands Prime Minister was the first MSG leader to visit Indonesia this month.

Mr Rumakiek says dealing with leaders individually creates a risk of bribery, and it's another tactic by Indonesia to divide the MSG and impose its agenda.