Donvito Samartha dan Desa Apridini, Jakarta – A group of West Papuan students tried to block a vehicle transporting state guests from the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) as it was exiting the Borobudur Hotel in Central Jakarta on January 15.
The students were calling on the ministers to cancel a meeting with the Indonesian government.
As aired by Liputan 6 Petang SCTV on Wednesday, the action was opposed by hotel security personnel and as a result the vehicle was able to return and reenter the hotel grounds.
The West Papua students expressed their disappointment with the Melanesian group or MSG for its failure to respond to the wishes of the West Papuan people to join the MSG.
Meanwhile a meeting between Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and foreign affairs ministers from the MSG proceeded without incident. The meeting was held at the presidential offices in Central Jakarta.
In addition to discussing economic cooperation, the ministers also visited Papua and West Papua, two provinces with a total population of 11 million.
The MSG emphasized that Papua and West Papua are part of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI) and will continue to support Papua as part of Indonesia. (Ans)
- Video of Borobudur Hotel demonstration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjKR3MtYu7w&feature=youtu.be&noredirect=1.
[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service.]