Indonesia condemns Vanuatu for including West Papuan in UN delegation

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua, an exiled leader of Indonesia’s Papua region, Benny Wenda, second left, presents a petition to U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, second from right, on Friday, January 25, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland with two members of the Vanuatu delegates. The document was delivered to the U.N. last week after being rebuffed in 2017. Photo:ULMWP

The Government of Indonesia has criticized Vanuatu for including a West Papuan leader and the United Liberal Movement for the people of West Papua (ULMWP) chairman, Benny Wenda in its delegation to a meeting with U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. 

“Indonesia strongly condemns Vanuatu’s action, which deliberately deceived the High Commissioner by taking manipulative steps through the infiltration of Benny Wenda into the Vanuatu delegation,” Hasan Kleib, Indonesian Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, said in a press statement published on Wednesday in The Jakarta Post.

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