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Jakarta Post

Govt dismisses referendum talk as riots flare in Papua

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana, Benny Mawel and Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Jayapura   /   Fri, August 30, 2019   /  08:06 am
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Spreading protests against racism in Papuan provinces.(JP/Swi)

  Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto has dismissed calls for a Papuan referendum on self-determination amid rioting in the Papuan capital of Jayapura. “I think [demands for a referendum] are inappropriate,” Wiranto said at the House of Representatives complex in Central Jakarta on Thursday. “NKRI [the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia] is final.” He said the New York Agreement, signed in 1962 by the Netherlands and Indonesia, had officially made Papua and West Papua legitimate territories of Indonesia. “That means NKRI is final, NKRI is non-negotiable, including Papua and West Papua,” he said. “Referendums are for occupied countries that are given the choice to be independent or to join with the occupying country. But Papua and West Papua are legitimate territories of the Republic...