2 Oct 2013

West Papua group believes UN address will make a difference

6:21 am on 2 October 2013

The Vanuatu Free West Papua Association believes the prime minister's powerful address at the United Nations Assembly will encourage other countries to refocus their attention on West Papua.

The Vanuatu Prime Minister Moana Carcasses used his address at the General Assembly to urge the UN to appoint a special representative to probe alleged human rights abuses in Indonesia's Papua region.

During his speech he also said West Papuans have been denied any recognition by the UN for 50 years.

The Vanuatu Free West Papua Association chairperson, Pastor Alan Nafuki, says it's important the issue is raised at the highest level.

"I'm really proud that the statement has been made in the high level body of the world and it is our intention and our prayers and our dream all the time that we want to see like United Nations and other affiliated bodies come in and assist our situation in West Papua."

Pastor Alan Nafuki says they are still waiting for the Melanesian Spearhead Group to set a date to visit Indonesia and West Papua.