Sabtu , 04 May 2013, 23:35 WIB

Govt to summon British and Indonesian ambassadors over Papuan issue

Rep: Esthi Maharani/Mutia Ramadhani/ Red: Yeyen Rostiyani
Reuters/Muhammad Yamin
Supporters of the Free Papua Movement carry the Morning Star flag. (file photo)
Supporters of the Free Papua Movement carry the Morning Star flag. (file photo)

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA - Indonesian government will summon British Ambassador Mark Canning and Indonesian Ambassador to UK, Hamzah Thayeb, over Papuan issue. 

"Minister of Foreign Affairs will summon British ambassador and ask him to explain and provide clarification and our ambassador to UK will also explain this," a presidential spokesman, Julian Pasha, said on Saturday.

While Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Djoko Suyanto believes that Papua Merdeka's office in UK is a unilateral claim by the activists of the Papua Merdeka. He also believes it does not represent the British government or the opposition in parliament because formally they continue to recognize the sovereignty of Indonesia over Papua. "We will take all steps to safeguard the sovereignty of the Republic of Indonesia," he said. 

Earlier, Papua Merdeka or Free Papuan opened a representative office in Oxford on April 28. The ceremony was attended by Mayor of Oxford Mohammed Niaz Abbasi, member of British Parlement Andrew Smith and former Mayor of Oxford Elise Benjamin. Indonesia considers the Free Papua movement is a separatist movement.