8 Aug 2013

Small independence group in Papua surrenders arms and allegiance

12:48 pm on 8 August 2013

An armed independence group in West Papua has laid down its weapons and pledged support to the Indonesian military.

The Jakarta Globe reports the Indonesian military has confirmed five members of the Free Papua Organisation, or OPM, were welcomed in an official ceremony with written and oral oaths of allegiance.

One of the members of the group is Engga Kiwo, a former leader of the Lanny Jaya chapter of the OPM.

Indonesia is currently preparing a Special Autonomy Plus law to allow the provinces of Papua and West Papua to negotiate with rebel groups such as the OPM when drafting their own local laws.

The President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who plans to visit the province this month, has promised to free all political prisoners in Papua under the autonomy plan.

The Governor of Papua, Lukas Enembe, has told the Jakarta Globe that leaders should listen to the wants of the local people if they are serious about helping improve Papua's social issues.