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Tuesday, 16 November 2004
Page: 123

Senator Brown asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 5 August 2004:

With reference to West Papua: What role does the Government have in mediating between the Indonesian Government and West Papuans who are seeking independence.

Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The Minister for Foreign Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Government supports strongly Indonesia's territorial integrity, including Papua. The Government does not have a mediating role between the Indonesian Government and its citizens. The Government does emphasise to Indonesia the importance of prompt and comprehensive implementation of special autonomy as the best option for realising the aspirations of Papuans within a united Indonesia.