4 Oct 2007

West Papua group calls for dialogue with Indonesia's government

11:31 am on 4 October 2007

The West Papua National Coalition for Liberation has called on the Indonesian government to end more than four decades of oppression and human rights abuses.

A coalition representative, Paula Makabory, say the Indonesian government should discuss the future of West Papua with an elected team of West Papuan political leaders in an international setting.

Ms Makabory said that West Papuan leaders would only talk with the government in an international setting to ensure transparency and guarantees of any outcome.

Her comments come with the release of a list of demands by the coalition, including the right to self-determination for the people of West Papua and the political re-unification of the territory.