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Papuan negotiator in Australia to put his people's case

Papuan negotiator in Australia to put his people's case

Updated 7 November 2012, 22:06 AEST

A series of violent attacks on West Papuan activists in the Indonesian province of Papua during the last year have led to the deaths of Mako Tabuni, the deputy chairman of the KNPB, the National Committee for West Papua and another leading KNPB figure, Paul Horis.

All this after hopes of peaceful solution were raised when Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono formally agreed to dialogue and twice held meetings with Papuan church leaders.

On the Papuan side, five representatives have been appointed to negotiate with the Indonesian government, including Octovianus Mote who's currently in Australia.

Once a journalist at Kompas, he left Papua province in 1999 to lobby the US Congress, and these days he's a Fellow at Yale University Law School.

Liam Cochrane asked Mr Mote what he knew about the death of Paul Horis.

Correspondent: Liam Cochrane

Speaker: Octovianus Mote, Papuan negotiator

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