“…The Greens say it’s “absolutely disgraceful” Prime Minister John Key will not raise human rights abuse concerns in West Papua when he meets Indonesian leaders in Jakarta this week.
Key and a 26-strong business delegation arrive in the capital Jakarta tomorrow on a mission aimed at boosting trade with the emerging Asian economic superpower.
During his three days in Jakarta, Key will meet with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Vice-president Boediono, address a business seminar and attend an official state dinner.
Efforts to make West Papua independent are a contentious issue for Indonesia, which sees the province as a touchstone of its territorial integrity.
New Zealand’s official policy is to endorse Indonesia’s view.
It is understood the issue is often raised by the Indonesians, who seek reassurance New Zealand has not changed its stance.
If asked, Key is expected to reassert the Government’s position – and is not expected to raise human rights.
Greens MP Catherine Delahunty said Key should have the “ethical courage” to discuss the issue…”
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