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U.S. Supports Indonesia's Territorial Integrity, State Says

29 July 2005

Spokesman issues statement on Free Aceh Movement peace accord, Papua

The United States firmly supports and looks forward to the implementation of a proposed peace accord between the government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), the State Department says.

In a July 29 statement, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the United States "commends the parties for their commitment to a peaceful resolution, and recognizes the efforts both sides have made to find mutually agreeable terms."

Regarding Papua, McCormack said the United States does not support or condone any efforts to promote the secession of the area, also known as West Papua or Irian Jaya, from Indonesia.

Following is the text of the statement:

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
July 29, 2005

Statement by Sean McCormack, Spokesman

Indonesia -- Developments in Aceh and Papua

The Indonesian Government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) plan to sign a landmark peace accord on August 15 to end the longstanding conflict that has plagued Aceh.  The United States firmly supports this "Memorandum of Understanding" as described in broad outlines by the parties.  The United States commends the parties for their commitment to a peaceful resolution, and recognizes the efforts both sides have made to find mutually agreeable terms.  We look forward to supporting the implementation of the peace agreement in the coming months.

Likewise, with respect to Papua, the United States reiterates its firm support for the territorial integrity of Indonesia.  The United States does not support or condone any efforts to promote the secession of Papua from the Republic of Indonesia.  We believe that implementation of political and economic reforms, in the context of Special Autonomy and within a united Indonesia, is the key to addressing longstanding grievances, including human rights concerns.

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(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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