NZ’s Peters asked to help end Pa­pua stand off

Fiji Sun - - Pacific News -

N ew Zealand For­eign Min­is­ter Win­ston Peters is be­ing asked to ap­peal to Jakarta to peace­fully ne­go­ti­ate an end to a stand off in Pa­pua. The call from West Pa­pua Ac­tion in Auck­land came amid re­ports of up to 1300 peo­ple be­ing held hostage in two vil­lages near Timika.

In­done­sian au­thor­i­ties claimed the peo­ple are be­ing held by an armed wing of the Free Pa­pua Move­ment, but that group has de­nied this.

The vil­lages were in an area where sev­eral shoot­ings had taken place, near the Freeport mine, since Au­gust.

The NGO said its main con­cern was with the build-up of mil­i­tary force in a sen­si­tive area. It said this could lead to more vi­o­lence and it wanted Mr Peters to ap­peal to his In­done­sian coun­ter­parts be­cause a greater mil­i­tary in­volve­ment will only ex­ac­er­bate an al­ready tense sit­u­a­tion.

Photo: AFP

Win­ston Peters

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