11 Aug 2005

Indonesia President meets Papuan leaders

1:51 pm on 11 August 2005

Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has met 29 leaders from Papua at the State Palace to discuss the latest developments in their province.

The leaders, including Papua Governor JP Salossa and Papua provincial council speaker Jhon Ibo, went to Jakarta at the invitation of the President.

The Jakarta Post reports that all high-ranking government officials attended the meeting.

In his welcome speech, the President said the meeting was aimed at discussing solutions to Papuan problems, adding that all problems had solutions.

However, details of the meeting were not available as it was declared a closed-door meeting after the welcome speech.

But it has emerged that during the meeting the President told the Papua governor not to let Papuans be provoked by the U.S. bill questioning the Act of Free Choice that incorporated Papua into Indonesia territory.

Meanwhile, United Nations and rudimentary SOS flags were unfurled during a ceremony commemorating International Indigenous Day in Jayapura amid tight security.