25 Jun 2004

West Papua religious leaders warn of split problems

5:07 pm on 25 June 2004

Religious leaders in Papua have warned the Indonesian government of worsening problems in the region if it proceeds with its plan to split the province.

Reverend Andrean Ayomi, who is the head of the Pentecostal Church in Papua, says his people do not need new provinces.

Instead, they want the government to be serious about implementing special autonomy in the area.

The Papuan people are fighting a presidential decree to split the province into three in Indonesia's Constitutional Court.

Most Papuans are opposed to the decree.

The Indonesian government has been slow instituting special autonomy in the province.

The policy gives Papuans more control over their political affairs and a greater share in their province's resources.