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World Indonesia summons UK envoy over Papua separatist leader

10:30  05 december  2020
10:30  05 december  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Indonesia summoned the British ambassador Friday after a cruise ship on a voyage organised by a London-based company smashed into coral reefs in a The incident in West Papua province infuriated the government, who say the British captain could face criminal charges, while marine researchers

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Indonesia has lodged a formal protest with Britain after a UK-based separatist leader announced an interim government-in-exile for the restive Papua province.

a person standing in front of a sign: Indonesia's Papua province has been dealing for decades with demands for independence and a low-level separatist insurgency © JUNI KRISWANTO Indonesia's Papua province has been dealing for decades with demands for independence and a low-level separatist insurgency

Mineral-rich Papua, Indonesia's easternmost province, has been dealing for decades with a low-level separatist insurgency, as well as poverty and communal tensions.

Benny Wenda, leader of a pro-independence group, this week declared himself the president of a new interim government in Papua, but an infuriated Jakarta dismissed his claim.

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Indonesia has summoned the British ambassador after a ship operated by a British company ran aground on a coral reef, causing extensive After being summoned to a meeting with Indonesia 's Co-ordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Luhut Panjaitan, the UK ambassador Moazzam Malik said he

Indonesian presidential spokesman Johan Budi declined to comment on the separatists ' comments. West Papua and Papua provinces - often The provinces have been gripped by a long-running and often violent separatist conflict since they were incorporated into Indonesia after a widely criticized

Indonesia's foreign ministry on Friday summoned British ambassador Owen Jenkins to convey "strong protest" over Benny Wenda's statements and activities, according to ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah.

"The British ambassador promised he would deliver Indonesia's strong protest and he also reiterated the UK government stance on the sovereignty and unity of Indonesian regions," he said in a statement on Saturday.


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The British embassy did not comment.

Indonesia took control of Papua, a former Dutch colony, in the 1960s after a vote -- widely viewed as rigged -- showed a majority favoured staying under Jakarta's rule.

Wenda, who has been living in Britain since the early 2000s, leads one of the groups campaigning for Papua's independence, and Jakarta has declared that he is no longer an Indonesian citizen.

Indonesian security forces tasked with crushing the Papua rebellion have long been accused of committing atrocities against Papuan civilians.

The impoverished region has also seen communal and ethnic violence in recent years.

A spokeswoman for the UN Human Rights office said Monday the organisation was "disturbed by escalating violence over the past weeks and months" in Papua.

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