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JAKARTA (JP): The sooner the central government gives Irian Jaya special autonomy, the better Jakarta's chance of silencing the demands for independence emanating from the province, a political leader in Irian Jaya said.
The deputy speaker of the Irian Jaya provincial legislature, John Ibo, blames the increasing support for secession among the Papuans, as the province's natives refer to themselves, on the central government's failure to address the demand for autonomy.
"The central government should know that the Papuans do not need or expect special autonomy at the level of discussion. They want to see and experience this status materialize in the province," …