|Indonesia||PAPUA BISHOPS ASK WAHID FOR PEACEFUL RESPONSE TO INDEPENDENCE DEMAND|
Two Catholic bishops from Papua province have asked Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid to respond to the Papuan demand for independence with peaceful measures.|
Bishop Leo Laba Ladjar of Jayapura told UCA News that he and Archbishop Jacobus Duivenvoorde of Merauke met with Wahid in Jakarta to discuss the issue of Papuan independence. Bishop Ladjar said that the government should employ peaceful means in settling the problem since participants of the May Papuan congress have agreed to use peaceful means in seeking independence from Indonesia.
"I told the president that the congress participants who asked for independence for Papua represented not only the political elite, but also the Papuan people in general. So the president should not look down on their aspiration (for independence)," Bishop Ladjar said.
|18 July 00|