26 Oct 2010

New Zealand welcomes Jakarta's Papua torture video probe

2:35 pm on 26 October 2010

The New Zealand foreign minister, Murray McCully, says he welcomes an announcement by the Indonesian government of a full investigation into the apparent torture of two Papuan men by military personnel.

Graphic video images of the incident were released via the internet early last week, coinciding with an official visit by Mr McCully to Indonesia.

In a statement, the minister says he was assured by his Indonesian counterpart that the government was concerned about the allegations and would investigate them thoroughly.

Mr McCully says the willingness shown by the Indonesian government to openly acknowledge the incident and commit to a full and transparent investigation is a positive step.

He says New Zealand will remain in close contact with Indonesia on the situation.