29 Feb 2012

Call on New Zealand government to engage with Indonesia over Papua

7:06 pm on 29 February 2012

A New Zealand MP is calling on the government to play a constructive role over dialogue with Indonesia about West Papua.

Catherine Delahunty attended this week's launch of the International Parliamentarians for West Papua group in Australia.

She told parliament in Wellington that New Zealand has a proud tradition of standing up for its more vulnerable neighbours.

"And yet we are still silent, still colluding over the issue of West Papua. It is not about attacking an important neighbour like Indonesia. It's not about denying the relationship. It's about saying to Indonesia, yes democracy is developing positively in your country, but something is happening in a dark corner."

Catherine Delahunty says illegal logging and the mining in West Papua are what she called "blood on the barbecue".