Indonesia repeats warning to Papuan freedom leaders PDF Afdrukken E-mailadres
zaterdag 08 juli 2000 01:00

The Indonesian government has again warned it will take stern measures against any attempt at secession by pro-independence leaders in the eastern-most province of West Papua.

Indonesia's Foreign Minister, Alwi Shihab, says Jakarta will not
tolerate a separatist movement stemming from a resolution of
independence, issued last month by Papuan leaders.

Mr Shihab warned that any effort to subvert Indonesia's sovereignty over
West Papua and to
instigate separatism would face stern action by the government.

The Papuan People's congress, which ended in Jayapura on June 4th,
passed a resolution saying West Papua was a sovereign state. Indonesia's
President Abdurrahman Wahid says his government does not recognize the
congress, calling it illegitimate.

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