Indonesia mulls observers for Papua

Indonesia says it would consider allowing international observers into Papua province to see if a new development program is bringing peace.

The Indonesia’s vice-president Boediono told a gathering of journalists that Papua is an issue that the government can manage.

He says a new unit that has been established in Papua to improve people’s welfare, security and justice should be given time to work.

Tensions have been rising in the region, with separatists killing some police officers.

Police officers say they have been attacked, and there have been deaths.

The vice-president says the government would consider allowing independent scrutiny of the improvements it hopes to make.

“In general we would like to resolve Papua on our own and certainly we would invite, later on, observers to look at Papua at what we have done since the beginning, the start of this new approach to Papua,” he said.

The vice-president, who is known by a single name, says there is no need for the international community to step in to resolve the problems.

Source: ABC News

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