29 Dec 2014

Widodo promises probe in Papua shootings

3:22 pm on 29 December 2014

Indonesia's President has promised an investigation into the shooting of five civilians by the military in Papua, saying it is important such incidents do not happen again.

Joko Widodo, who has been in the restive province to attend Christmas celebrations, says the incident in Paniai was deplorable.

Human Rights Watch says security forces opened fire on about 800 protesters earlier this month. Five people were killed, and at least 17 others -- including children -- were injured.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Photo: AFP

The Jakarta Globe reports Mr Widodo saying he is willing to open dialogue for a better Papua, saying the government needed to listen to Papuans in order to solve the long-running conflict in the region.