5 Oct 2005

Activists push for Pacific Forum to grant observer status to Indonesia's Papua province

4:52 pm on 5 October 2005

Supporters of the self determination movement in Papua are calling for Pacific leaders to consider the plight of the Indonesia province when they meet in Papua New Guinea later this month.

The struggle of the indigenous people of Papua has regularly featured on past Forum communiques with encouraging dialogue and calls for Jakarta to ensure that special autonomy is implemented.

However last year, at the summit in Samoa, Papua did not rate a mention.

John Kawowo of the Melanesian Solidarity National Facilitating Committee for a Free West Papua says the Forum needs to confront the issue of Papua.

"And also look at granting observer status to the Forum. On the other hand we are also urging the leaders to sponsor the issue of West Papua at the United Nations, which is the proper forum at which the issue of West Papua should be raised."