15 Apr 2010

Group queries Australia's avoidance of Papua

4:53 pm on 15 April 2010

The Australia West Papua Association has questioned why an Australian parliamentary delegation which is visiting Indonesia this week is not visiting Papua region.

The Association's Joe Collins says that despite the frequent bilateral visits between Australia and Indonesia since the Rudd government came to power, none of these delegations has visited West Papua or Papua provinces.

He says it's as if Papua is a no-go area.

The Association says it believes the situation in Papua could deteriorate further and that now is the time for the Australian government to be urging Jakarta to resolve key issues of concern in Papua.

An Australian delegation, led by Australia's Secretary for the Pacific, Duncan Kerr, is in Indonesia as part of regular official exchanges.