9 May 2016

Ramos Horta says Indonesia must settle Papua abuses

2:52 pm on 9 May 2016

The former president of Timor-Leste has encouraged Indonesia to settle cases of human rights abuses in Papua.

Jose Ramos-Horta visited the region earlier this month and says Indonesia must not view the Papuan people as enemies, but work with them.

During his visit he met with officials as well as former separatist rebels.

The Jakarta Post reports Mr Ramos-Horta said Indonesia should avoid using violence that often ends up wounding innocent civilians.

He said Papuans are hopeful for peace and further development, but it is up to the Indonesian authorities to promote more dialogue.

East Timor's former president Jose Ramos Horta.

East Timor's former president Jose Ramos Horta. Photo: ramoshorta.com