Rabu , 08 Mei 2013, 23:45 WIB

Minister: The Papuan issue doesn't reflect friendship

Rep: Esthi Maharani/M Akbar Wijaya/Mutia Ramadhani/ Red: Yeyen Rostiyani
Antara/Suwandy
Minister of Foreign Affairs Marty Natalegawa
Minister of Foreign Affairs Marty Natalegawa

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA - Indonesian Foreign Minister, Marty Natalegawa said that Indonesian government protested on the opening of Free West Papua representative office in Oxford last week. He assessed these condition very incompatibled with spirit of friendship between both countries.

"I expected that British government could truly understand how we feel very piqued and didn't accept this condition," Natalegawa said on Wednesday. British Ambassador to Indonesia, Mark Canning had declared that the existence of Papuan office in Oxford didn't reflect British government. However, Indonesia dismayed of the attitude of local government officials in Oxford.

Coordinator of Papuan Caucus, Paskalis Kossay said that Papuan office in Oxford had a hint of separatism, so it should have been closed. "Although British government doesn't support the movement, the fact is a Papuan office was opened in British authority region," he said then added that the latest incident could harm bilateral relations between two countries.