Papua is part of Indonesia, US ambassador affirms

Papua is part of Indonesia, US ambassador affirms

, 8 October 2010


JAYAPURA: US ambassador to Indonesia Scot Marciel reiterated his country’s full support for Papua as part of the integrated nation of the Republic of Indonesia and for the implementation of the 2001 Special Autonomy Law in the province.

During a three-day official visit to Papua, Marciel repeated his statement when meeting local figures and university students, including at Cenderawasih University in Jayapura, where students in attendance called for independence.

Marciel said the US government supported the implementation of special autonomy in Papua and hoped for better implementation of the law in the future for the sake of the Papuan people.

The US, he said, would not interfere in the domestic affairs of Indonesia.