Jakarta: Indonesia has strongly criticized Oxford City Council’s decision to grant an award to Benny Wenda, a Papuan separatist activist with a number of criminal records in Papua.
"Indonesia appreciates the UK Government’s firm position that consistently supports the sovereignty and integrity of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia," the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a written statement released on Thursday.
"Therefore the action taken by Oxford City Council does not have any impact on the relationship between the two countries," the ministry noted.
According to the ministry, this award shows Oxford City Council’s failure to understand the person’s track record and the actual condition, development, and improvement in Papua and West Papua.
Moving forward, Indonesia will still be strongly against separatism and will not back down in fighting for the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia.
On Tuesday, British Foreign Office has made a statement that Indonesia and the United Kingdom have a longstanding relationship, as well as share similar interests and values.
Based on the press statement, the United Kingdom is one of Indonesia’s largest investors. In April 2012, Prime Minister David Cameron announced a commitment to double trade (goods & services) to £4.4 billion by 2015.