4 Aug 2005

Indonesia promises to take action if attacks by military on Papuan civilians proven

9:00 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.

Rex Rumakiek of the PCRC says it's evidence the army is continuing its campaign in Papua.

"They have to justify to Jakarta that there is a need for them to be West Papua, because they've pushed for them to return to barracks. But they operate on the understanding there's no funding from the central government unless there's a need for it, and that's the only way to justify that the government need them."

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

The United Nations office for the co-ordination of humanitarian affairs in Jakarta wasn't available for comment.