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Indonesia

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations she has received on Indonesian military and police operations in the Puncak Jaya region of West Papua, Indonesia. (111202)

The operation was raised by the noble Baroness Rawlings in another place during a short debate on Papua on 8 January 2007, Official Report, columns 100-01. I have also subsequently received letters from TAPOL (the Indonesian Human Rights Campaign), and two hon. Members.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the recent displacement of West Papuan civilians caused by Indonesian military and police operations in the Puncak Jaya region of West Papua. (111252)

We have received reports of an ongoing police operation supported by members of the armed forces in the Puncak Jaya region of Papua, to investigate the killing of two army officers by suspected Free Papua Movement fighters in early December 2006. The area is extremely isolated, and it is hard to obtain verifiable information. Our embassy in Jakarta has sought clarification from the Indonesian authorities and continues to monitor the situation. However, it is realistic to assume that some civilians have fled the area and have become internally displaced following the start of the most recent operation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations she has made to the Indonesian government on Indonesian military and police operations in the Puncak Jaya region of West Papua. (111254)

Our embassy in Jakarta has sought clarification from the Indonesian authorities on the ongoing police operation supported by members of the armed forces in Puncak Jaya. The British defence attaché in Jakarta was informed that the purpose of the operation was to investigate the killing of two army officers. The embassy has also contacted members of non-governmental organisations and religious groups in Papua to seek further information.