Indonesia strongly protests against opening of Papua separatist office in UK

2013-05-04 21:59:07 GMT2013-05-05 05:59:07(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

JAKARTA, May 4 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa said on Saturday that his country has launched a stern protest against the opening of Papua separatist organization 's office, so-called "Free West Papua office" in the city of Oxford in the United Kingdom, adding that the protest has been conveyed to the UK government.

"Under our instruction, our ambassador in UK has conveyed our position to the UK government," the minister said in a statement.

The minister said the opening of such an office does not suit, or is even opposing, the relationship that has been well preserved between Indonesia and UK. UK has been staunchly supporting territorial integrity of the Unitary State of Republic Indonesia's (NKRI), including West Papua and Papua provinces.

Besides that, the opening of the office was also opposing international community's opinion that has obviously supported the NKRI, the minister added.

"The latest development has reflected desperation of the separatist group given those facts that I mentioned," the minister added.

The British government, through its embassy in Jakarta, has responded the latest development in Oxford, saying that it has reaffirmed its stance that does not support independence in Papua and West Papua provinces.

The embassy had also confirmed that the decision taken by Oxford municipal administrator does not affect UK's foreign policies, saying that decision to allow the opening of such an office was solely decided by Oxford municipal administration, the statement said.

The Indonesian government called on Britain to be consistently and truthfully demonstrate its policy that against any measure related to Papua separatist movement, adding that it would fit to friendly relations between the two countries and opinion of international community about integrity of NKRI.

The office was opened the recently on April 28, intended to the support the campaign efforts aimed at promoting referendum in Indonesia's mineral resources-rich provinces of Papua and West Papua.

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