Thursday 7 October 2010

West Papua - Cameron replies

Back in July I blogged about the West Papuan's who hoped that David Cameron might be the hero they were looking for. Cameron let the West Papuan independence movement believe he supported their aims. I finally received a response from Cameron's Foreign Office*, via my MP Andrew Smith, a copy of which I'm inserting here.

Sadly, though as I expected, Cameron and his government have no intention of supporting the West Papuan's in their call for independence. The letter makes it clear:

"The UK supports the territorial integrity of Indonesia and does not support the calls for independence of the provinces of Papua and West Papua. This has been the policy of successive governments and it remains unchanged by the current Government."

So no, Cameron isn't going to do anything about the terrible situation in West Papua. And Indonesia can continue to attack and destroy West Papuan's and their homes, or just outright murder them.

*The letter comes from Jeremy Brown, Minister of State, on behalf of Cameron and his dodgy government.