West Papuan bishop calls for independence from Indonesia
The Bishop of the Papuan capital of Jayapura has insisted that the Indonesian Government must engage in dialogue with the people.
The Rome-based missionary news agency MISNA has reported on demands issued by the bishop during recent ceremonies to mark the anniversary of independence from the Netherlands in 1961.
Bishop Leo Laba Ladjar OFM said: "Residents of Irian Jaya demand justice and peace and are against any form of violence. The government must engage in dialogue with the people."
He spoke of the 'manipulation of history' for which he said the international community is partly to blame given its acceptance of Irian Jaya (West Papua) as part of the Indonesian republic.