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Axes, arrows and AK-47s used in clash in Papua JAKARTA - Four people died today in an exchange of fire between soldiers and suspected separatists in Indonesia’s remote resource-rich province of Papua, a military spokesman said.

Ahmad Yani Basuki, spokesman of the Indonesian armed forces in Jakarta, said the clash erupted when a group of 30 men armed with A-47 rifles, axes and bows and arrows attacked soldiers monitoring a health event in a village some 70km from the provincial capital Jayapura. "Two of our members died while two from their side also died," Basuki said.

Papuan independence activists have waged a campaign for more than 30 years to break away from Indonesia while a low-level armed rebellion has also simmered for decades. Tensions in the province have risen recently. Last month, four policemen and a soldier were killed during protests demanding the closure of a giant mine by US firm Freeport. Human rights groups have accused the Indonesian military of widespread abuses in Papua.

Critics say grievances among Papuans stem from such abuses and from dissatisfaction over Jakarta’s distribution of wealth generated by the province, which is rich in gold and natural gas. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in August he wanted to end conflict in Papua after the signing of a peace accord with rebels from Aceh province, Indonesia’s other separatist region in the country’s far northwest.


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http://au.news.yahoo.com/060406/21/yi4x.html

John Howard is attempting to diffuse the situation by warning asylum seekers that they are not welcome. Yet strong support for the rebels does exist with some elements of the political establishment of Australia. This issue presents a real dilema for Australian foriegn policy. Do we respect human rights or do we respect national soverenty? Is there a way Australia could do both?



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http://au.news.yahoo.com/060410/2/yjrv.html

The Australian government is reviewing the Migration act in relation to refugees. There is some disscussion of the relevence of the 1951 UN charter on refugees in today's world. It seems the Australian government is prepared to for-go human rights in an effort to maintain relations with Jakarta. Is this the right approach?



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http://au.news.yahoo.com/060410/21/yk3o.html

Amnesty International has criticised the Australian government over the suggestion that Jakarta's help be sought in indentifying refugees from Papua.



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http://au.news.yahoo.com/060418/2/yms9.html

A suvery has found 75% of Australians support self determination for Iryan Jaya. Only 5% don't support independence. From my own assessment this could well be true. It is clear there are difficult times to come for Indonesia and Australia. This is a real concern for people like myself who have family in both countries.



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