NZ leader discusses Papua on Indonesia visit

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key talks to the media after voting in the general election in Auckland. [Reuters]
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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key talks to the media after voting in the general election in Auckland. [Reuters]

Last Updated: Mon, 16 Apr 2012 20:05:00 +1000

New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key - on a visit to Indonesia - says he has discussed the issue of human rights in Indonesia's Papua province.

Mr Key is in Jakarta with a delegation of politicians and business leaders to boost trade relations.

New Zealand's Greens Party had earlier called on the Prime Minister to raise concerns about independence activists from Papua being jailed on treason charges.

Human rights groups had also expressed concerns about their treatment.

But the PACNEWS service reports Mr Key saying he spoke about the issue with Indonesia's Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan on Sunday.

He says the Trade Minister told him "it's a very complex issue".

Mr Key said he would also raise the issue with the Indonesian Vice-President, Boediono, who has responsibility for the province of Papua.
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