Faleomavaega urges Obama to raise Papua issue
United States Congressman Eni Faleomavaega says he hopes U.S. President Barak Obama will raise the issue of Papua with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during his visit to Bali for the East Asia Summit.
Faleomavaega, who represents American Samoa in Congress, is a ranking member of the subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific at the US House of Representatives.
The Jakarta Post reports he has raised concerns about a fatal shooting on Oct. 19 in Jayapura during the third Papuan People’s Congress, which attracted a crowd of about 5,000 Papuans.
Faleomavaega says that key leaders in the U.S. Congress had asked that Indonesia “be held accountable before further U.S. funds were expended in training Indonesian security forces”.
Faleomavaega has also asked the Indonesian government to release political prisoner Filep Karma.
However Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto, says the Papua issue will not be discussed.
Source: Islands Asia Business Link