12 Sep 2015

Indonesia: 'Stay out of our business'

4:03 pm on 12 September 2015

Indonesia is unhappy with a push by Pacific Island nations to stop violence in West Papua, Prime Minister John Key says.

Residents tending to victims after a shooting in Enarotali, Paniai Regency in Indonesia's Papua province. At least four teenagers were shot dead in clashes with security forces, authorities said, although rights campaigners accused police of opening fire on protesters.

A photo taken in December 2014 and released by Indonesian Human Rights Watch shows residents tending to victims after a shooting in Papua. Photo: AFP Indonesian Human Rights Watch

The Pacific Island Forum this week resolved to consult Indonesia over how to monitor and investigate human rights abuses in the Indonesian province.

Mr Key said Indonesia believed the forum nations should not be meddling in the internal affairs of a sovereign state.

However, Pacific leaders said they thought the issue was regional in nature, and they could not continue to treat it as an internal Indonesian problem.

Papua New Guinea leader Peter O'Neill said he would convey the forum's views on West Papua to the Indonesian Government.

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