6 May 2013

Jakarta scolds UK for allowing pro Papua independence office in Oxford

2:38 pm on 6 May 2013

The Indonesian government has told the United Kingdom government it objects to the opening of a pro Papua independence office on its soil.

In a statement to The Jakarta Post, the government says the Oxford office opened by the Free West Papua campaign contradicts the UK government's policy on the region.

The office is the headquarters of the movement led by the UK-based Papuan exile Benny Wenda and was officially opened at the end of last month.

The Post reports Jakarta has asked the UK government to be consistent in its policy of not supporting any action related to the separatist movement in Papua and West Papua.

Jakarta says the opening of the office was clearly contrary to the good mutual relations between Indonesia and the UK.