Wednesday, August 3, 2011

London rally demands Papuan independence

The Indonesian government said it was not worried about demonstrations held in London on Tuesday demanding Papuan independence.

The gathering, known as the International Lawyers for West Papua (ILWP) conference, was held at Oxford University in London and demanded the independence of West Papua.

“There are people who want to revive the Papuan problem. However, their efforts have not received wide support from the British government or the people. The British government always underlines its policy to support Indonesia and special autonomy in Papua,” Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said as quoted by

Marty, who was once ambassador to the United Kingdom, said the Indonesian government always informed other countries of its policies, including with regards to Papua.

Separately, a group of students and demonstrators in Abepura, Nabier, Timika, Biak and other cities in Papua staged demonstrations to support the ILWP conference.