Indonesia to change Papua policy

A Papuan, who’s part of the Indonesian government delegation in Auckland to observe this week’s Pacific Islands Forum summit, says Jakarta is about to change its approach to help the indigenous people of Papua.

Nick Messet, who was formerly in exile in Sweden, returned to Papua several years ago and has been a strong supporter of the government’s special autonomy laws in the region.

He says President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is now planning to set up a body he hopes will ensure the special autonomy provisions work, bringing economic development and political stability to Papua.(*wpnn)

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