Following a congressional public hearing on 22nd September, the West Papua National Authority, the transitional government of West Papua, is working together with International solidarity, especially in New York and Washington, where the ‘Washington solutions’ conference is to be held on the 9th November.

West Papuans recall how in New York on 19 November 1969, eighty four member states of the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 2504 noting the results of the UN Act of Free Choice in West Papua. This finalised the New York Agreement (1962), thereby integrating the West Papuan nation into the Unitary Republic of Indonesia.

The indigenous peoples of West Papuan neither agreed to, nor have accepted, the colonisation of their country. They were not consulted regarding the New York Agreement , and it is well documented that the Act of Free Choice was a sham.

West Papuan resistance and nation-making have increased since the discharge of President Suharto in 1998, in the face of ongoing military abuses, slow genocide, and the imposition of Special Autonomy.

Most political analysts believe that the long standing impasse between the government in Jakarta and the people of West Papua is a key international concern. This International Conference in Washington will address will address four key issues:

1 What would the independent Melanesian nation-state of West Papua look like?
2 Would an independent West Papua affect US trade with Indonesia?
3 What has been the West Papuan experience since the UN gave Netherlands New Guinea to Indonesia in the 1962?
4 What steps can Americans take to help the Indonesian Republic overcome its political impasse with West Papuans?

1 To influence the US politik to view the data about West Papua as well as Indonesia
2 To encourage the US to support West Papuan aspirations for self-determination

1 An environmentally-sensitive tele-conference about West Papua, situated locally in Washington and New York, where a response to each of the four speakers from West Papuan, Australian and American as keynote speakers is beamed via satellite into the conference room, making it a truly global conference.

2 Four prepared questions to each speaker via telecommunication link: from USa, Canada, Africa, Caribean, Indonesia, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, England, Australia and West Papua

3 Public Broadcasting Network to televise conference, which provides documentation but also technology for people anywhere to send SMS questions and responses conference.