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Ramos-Horta urges Papua dialogue

An West Papuan activist hold banners during a rally in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on December 19 2018. Source: AAP

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jose Ramos-Horta has urged Jakarta to hold talks with the Papuan independence movement to end an ongoing insurgency.

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jose Ramos-Horta has urged Indonesia's government to hold talks with the Papuan independence movement to help end a decades-long insurgency in the country's easternmost region.

Ramos-Horta, joint recipient of the 1996 Nobel prize for efforts to bring independence and peace to East Timor, which suffered a brutal Indonesian occupation for nearly a quarter century, said in an interview that he believes the Papua region's future is within Indonesia, not as a separate state.

The conflict between Indonesia and the rebels, who number perhaps just several hundred, flared again last month when armed separatists in Nduga killed at least 17 people working on a trans-Papua highway construction site that's a key part of President Joko Widodo's efforts to bring development to the impoverished region.

Nobel laureate and former President of Timor-Leste, Dr Jos Ramos-Horta delivers the inaugural Tom Uren AC  Lecture at Balmain Town Hall in Sydney.
Nobel laureate and former President of Timor-Leste, Dr Jos Ramos-Horta delivers the inaugural Tom Uren AC Lecture at Balmain Town Hall in Sydney.
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