13 Jun 2014

Indonesia remains sensitive over West Papua

9:19 am on 13 June 2014

The journalist who revealed Indonesia's move to pull out of a New Zealand-funded police training programme in West Papua says he believes political sensitivity is behind the decision.

The story in the Jakarta Globe newspaper quotes a high-ranking Indonesian police officer saying the Indonesian government stopped the programme amid concerns about New Zealand's hidden motives.

Harry Pearl, who co-wrote the article, says he can only speculate about the real reasons.

But he says Indonesia remains very sensitive about activities in the province.

"It's not unusual for them to turn down aid programmes in West Papua, they are quite strict you could say on what aid programmes go on there. I still think they are pretty sensitive to outside scrutiny."

Harry Pearl says Indonesia is touchy about the West Papuan independence movement.