The following is a statement from Benny Wenda, exiled West Papuan independence leader in the United Kingdom, Chair of the Koteka Tribal Assembly and Free West Papua Campaign
I would like to urge all leaders and people of West Papua who reside in and outside the country that NOW IS THE TIME for all the people of West Papua to state our position to the government of Indonesia and the world that WE ARE NOT INDONESIANS.
Now we have the International Parliamentarians for West Papua (IPWP) in London. IPWP has committed to fight for the self-determination of the people of West Papua. The IPWP is our FATHER who is here and ready to help us fighting for our future. Anything that we do to get international support to help us in our struggle for self-determination has achieved some success. Now we have great people ready to defend us at the international level.
We will soon launch an International Lawyers for West Papua (ILWP) on the 3rd – 5th April 2009. ILWP is our MOTHER of the struggle to achieve West Papua self-determination.
Now that we have had FATHER and MOTHER in our struggle at the international level, let me invite all of you to come together with me to state our position to the Indonesian people and the world that:
1.We are not INDONESIANS but we are WEST PAPUAN PEOPLE;
2.We will use NON-VIOLENT ACTIONS to show that we are not INDONESIANS but we are WEST PAPUAN (from Melanesian Race). The NON-VIOLENT ACTIONS will be implemented in the following ways:
-First, we refuse to use our rights in the Indonesian general election in April and July 2009 because this election is Indonesian democratic election and NOT West Papua democratic election;
-Second, we will conduct a peaceful simulation of an Independence Referendum inside and outside West Papua as a sign of our serious intention to support the launch and the registration of the International lawyers for West Papua on 3rd – 5th April 2009.
25th March 2009
Warm greetings and best wishes,
West Papuan independence leader in the United Kingdom & Chair of the Koteka Tribal Assembly