25 Sep 2012

Indonesia President called on to initiate dialogue during Papua visit

1:27 pm on 25 September 2012

Activists and rights campaigners have called on Indonesia's President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, to use his visit to Papua next month to initiate a dialogue with all members of the Papuan community.

The Jakarta Post reports an activist with the Papuan Peace Network, Theo Hesegem, saying the only way to end the violence in Papua is to hold a comprehensive dialogue.

He says this would need to include all stakeholders such as businesspeople, local administrations, indigenous communities and rebel group members.

Mr Hesegem says it is high time the government embraced the Free Papua Movement, or OPM, in a dialogue for peace.

He says it is corruption that is destroying Papua, not the OPM, which has been condemned as a separatist organisation.