Australia working towards Papua solution

Australia working towards Papua solution

Australia working towards Papua solution

Updated 15 July 2012, 22:06 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Bob Carr says he is quietly working with Indonesia on the issue of human rights in the troubled province of Papua.

Trouble has flared in the region in the past few months, with soldiers accused of killing a separatist leader while trying to arrest him, and of going on a violent rampage in a small village.

Senator Carr, who is currently on a four-day visit to Indonesia, says human rights standards would be better maintained if the justice system was stronger.

"A fair and transparent court process when Indonesian laws are breached,

"And the Indonesian foreign minister accepted that in our first meeting back in March in my first days as foreign minister. And I recognise his sincerity and that of his President," said Senator Carr.

It is the senator's first visit to the strategically important country, and he says he plans to build on the good work done by previous governments.

He says he wants to levitate the relationship beyond constant themes such as people smuggling.

He spent yesterday inspecting projects that had benefitted from Australian aid money, and says this visit is about working on an important relationship and keeping it in good repair.

Bob Carr meets with his Indonesian ministerial counterpart on Monday.