Saturday, February 17, 2007

Democrats may intrude in Indonesian New Guinea

The Jakarta Post tips growing USA Democratic Party interest in separatism in Indonesia's two New Guinea provinces. Reporting on the media conference of the outgoing US Ambassador to Indonesia B Lynn Pascoe, reporter Abdul Khalik highlighted the ambassador's comment that Indonesia should respond to the international demands for a resolution to the Munir case and problems in New Guinea in order to maintain its global reputation

Indonesian human rights activist Munir Said Thalib died after being poisoned with arsenic in September 2004. Lower courts and a presidentially sanctioned investigation team found evidence linking top National Intelligence Agency (BIN) officials to his murder, although none have ever been charged.

According to Abdul Khalik, the Democrat's win in mid-term elections in October last year brought "back some key congressmen and senators who wanted to see Papuans be given self-determination."

One example he presented is the new chairman of the House of representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment, Rep. Eni Faleomavaega, who said recently that "If you want to talk about fairness, give the people of West Papua the right of self-determination."

In this context Faleomavaega is referring to the people of the two provinces not specifically the people of Papua Barat (West Papua).

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