PNG Foreign Affairs clarifies PM Marabe’s UNGA Speech on West Papua

The Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Papua New Guinea (PNG), Elias Wohenggu clarified Prime Minister James Marabe’s statement made at the general debate of the 76th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, 21-27 September 2021).

Misleading articles and posts on social have led to a meeting between Indonesia and PNG that convened on 27th and 28th September 2021 in Port Moresby to strengthen the relationship between the two countries.

Before their meeting in Port Moresby, Elias Wohenggu clarified Prime Minister James Marabe’s address to the UN debate in a statement to Jakarta.

“The speech made by the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea at the UN general debate, 76th Session, 25 September 2021, was very impressive indeed. Among all the issues and agendas raised he also made mention of the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) leaders resolution on West Papua in 2019. Why he mentioned this was because Indonesia has been a PIF dialogue partner since 2001”, Wohenggu made in a statement.

“However, West Papua is not a member of the PIF countries. It is recognized under the leading roles of Indonesia in the Pacific Region”, he mentioned.

Bilateral Meeting between Indonesia and PNG on the 27th and 28th September 2021 in Port Moresby. Photo: PNG FA

Wohenggu said Indonesia continues to have a strong and lasting bilateral relationship with PNG and also build a healthy relationship with most of the PIF members. The West Papuan Issue cannot be addressed at the UN General assembly because it is the domestic affairs of Indonesia and there is no such thing claimed that Indonesia is allegedly involved in human rights issues in its neighbourhood and Pacific region. The West Papuan Campaign group always spread misleading and false information’s from unknown sources mainly to tarnish the good reputation of Indonesia.

“West Papua is a legal territory of Indonesia and no one should restrict the national government to interfere in the provincial issues. The major silence of the world leaders to address the issue of West Papua shows that this is a domestic issue and not an international issue. It does not affect every state and its citizens. The United Nations Security Council respect the sovereignty of Indonesia as a middle power and they cannot interfere with its local political issue.

He gave an example that Indonesia continues to respect the sovereignty of Papua New Guinea. And the issues such as PNG-Bougainville affairs, Indonesia will not step in because it’s a domestic issue.

He also said that Indonesia continues to provide a safer environment for its citizens by tightening its national laws for the good of everyone and is one of the safest countries in the world to live in.

“For those West Papuans who migrated to PNG have their own reasons for migrating. Some leave their homeland because they were weak and a product of corruption. They cannot adapt to the existing rules and principles of their state. The refugees and migrants are causing humanitarian issues in PNG and trying to push for their national interests by requesting for all kinds of baseless reasons to convinced the PNG government and the rest of the world to help them push for their private agenda”, he concluded in the statement.