4 Aug 2005

Indonesia vows to punish alleged assailants of Papuans

3:04 pm on 4 August 2005

Indonesia says it'll bring to justice anyone responsible for recent reported attacks on Papuans.

The Suva-based Pacific Concerns Resource Centre says two wounded Papuan men are missing and a third critically wounded after Indonesian army attacks in the central highlands of the province.

On the 17th of July, the PCRC alleges 10 soldiers entered the village of Moragame near Wamena, and shot and wounded two men, Yiman Wenda and Abai Wenda.

On the 14th of July, the group claims soldiers slashed Petto Wenda, a resident of the nearby village of Ndome and set him alight.

Riaz Saehu of the Indonesian embassy in Washington says if the reports are true the perpetrators will be brought to justice.

"We would like of course to get complete information on that because until now we haven't received any complete information about it, and of course we will investigate, and of course we will bring them to justice, if we can actually find out who, the one behind all those problems."