Jayapura, Jubi – Students from several universities in Papua have expressed support for a pro-independence coalition to become a member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).
Through his email to Jubi, student representative Samuel Womsiwor said to help the struggle of the Papua nation to become an MSG member, three major Papuan factions consisting of NRFPB, WPNCL and PNWP have established the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) as a requirement of Papuan membership in THE MSG.
“Therefore, we are the students from Papuan People, Students and Youth Movement (GempaR), Student Independent Forum (FIM), Department of Anthropology, Social Health Faculty, Department of Administration Science state our support to ULMWP,” he said last week.
He urged students, youths and Papuan people to unite and support ULMWP’s efforts and called on the Indonesian government to recognize the fate and identity of Papuan nation.
“The Government of Indonesia to immediately recognize the membership of West Papua in the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). Papuan people should forget and fight all Indonesian policies that actually inhibited the struggle of Papuan nation today, such as Special Autonomy 2001, UP4B (Papua Development Acceleration Program) and so on that only continue raising the horizontal conflict among Papuans,” he said.
Meanwhile, during the last two months, the Alliance of Papuan Students in Java, Solidarity for West Papua from abroad and West Papua National Committee gave their support to ULMWP to be accepted and recognized as MSG member.
While in domestic level, KNPB conducted three times of protest in the entire regions of Papua to obtain support from West Papua people towards ULMWP to become MSG member. And KNPB recorded 479 activists were arrested during the period of 30 April to 01 June 2013 in peace demonstration to support ULMWP. (Arnold Belau/rom)