REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, DENPASAR - The Australian government continued to support Indonesia`s territorial integrity and sovereignty, including over its provinces in Papua, an Australian Embassy spokesman said on Tuesday. Ray Marcelo, the embassy`s press attache, made the statement in a press release in response to a meeting recently organized by the International Parliamentarians for West Papua in Canberra.
"Australia is fully committed to supporting Indonesia`s integrity over its areas including West Papua," he said adding that the views of the Canberra meeting organized by some world parliament members did not represent the Australian government`s. He said Indonesia was a strategic partner and neighboring country for Australia.
The International Parliamentarians for West Papua (IPWP) is a cross-party political group of politicians from around the world who support self-determination for the people of West Papua. The group has 65 members coming from the United Kingdom, Australia, Scotland, Finland, Papua New Guinea, Switzerland, Czech Republic, the United States, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Vanuatu.