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Jakarta Post

OPM founder meets SBY, seeks RI citizenship

  • The Jakarta Post


  /   Fri, March 27 2009   /  02:24 pm

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono received Free Papua Organization (OPM) co-founder Nicholas Jouwe at his private residence in Cikeas, Bogor, on Thursday. At the meeting, Nicholas asked the President to grant him Indonesian nationality, which would allow him to return to Indonesia permanently, after spending more than 40 years in exile in the Netherlands. "Nicholas wishes to spend his final years building Papua using the region's special autonomy rights," one of the founders of the Independent Group Supporting the Autonomous Region of Papua within The Republic of Indonesia (IGSARPRI) Franzalbert Yoku said as quoted by Antara news agency. He added that Nicholas planned to move back to his homeland of Papua with his two daughters in the future. The OPM emerged in the late 1960s to oppose the allegedly undemocratic *Act of Free Choice,' which resulted in the territory ...