2 Apr 2009

Indonesia suspected of sponsoring fake Papua rebel group

4:10 pm on 2 April 2009

The West Papua National Coalition for Liberation says the Indonesian military may be sponsoring militia groups to masquerade as the Free West Papua Movement, or OPM, in ongoing fighting in Puncak Jaya regency.

Reports from Indonesia's Papua region that more than 30 soldiers have been killed in skirmishes with separatists in the regency in the last month, have attributed the deaths to OPM fighters.

Hundreds of extra Indonesian soldiers have recently been sent to Puncak Jaya to attack the OPM leadership in its stronghold.

However, Paula Makabori of the National Coalition for Liberation, of which the OPM is a member, says they're yet to get clarification about how involved the movement is in the fighting.

"I don't think that they've got lots of ammunition or weapons, except if the Indonesian security (forces) are involved with all of the conflicts and support some of the fake OPM groups (with) their own ammunition and their own weapons and they claim them as the real Papuan OPM movement."

Paula Makabori