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Sunday, 29 October, 2000, 12:06 GMT
Australian PM defends Indonesian sovereignty

The Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, says that Australia hasn't changed its view that the Indonesian territory of Irian Jaya is an integral part of Indonesia.

Mr Howard said the call this weekend by the Pacific Islands Forum for a peaceful resolution to the separatist dispute in Irian Jaya -- formerly known as West Papua -- wouldn't alter Australia's position.

The sixteen leaders of the Forum, meeting in Kiribati, agreed to send a message to the Indonesian government and Irian Jayan separatists, urging them not to resort to violence.

Reports say the move falls short of hopes by Vanuatu and Nauru to extract support from the Forum for Irian Jayan independence.

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