US urges Indonesia to address grievances in Papua

“The United States recognizes and respects the territorial integrity of Indonesia within its current borders, which include the provinces of Papua and West Papua”

The United States called on Indonesia to ensure due process and address grievances in the restive Papua region after a court indicted five activists for treason.

“We urge the Indonesian authorities to ensure due process and procedural safeguards in accordance with Indonesian law and Indonesia’s international legal obligations for all persons indicted,” said a State Department spokesperson.

“We encourage the Indonesian government to work with the indigenous Papuan population to address their grievances, resolve conflicts peacefully and support development in the Papuan provinces,” the spokesperson said.

The United States “recognizes and respects the territorial integrity of Indonesia within its current borders, which include the provinces of Papua and West Papua,” the spokesperson stressed.

President Barack Obama’s administration has sought greater ties with Indonesia, pointing to its rapid transition to democracy and moderate brand of Islam.

In 2010, the United States said it would resume ties with Indonesia’s elite Kopassus unit after a 12-year hiatus due to human rights concerns.

Source: AFP

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