TPNPB Threatens to Execute Kiwi Pilot Philip Mehrtens if Papuan Independence is Not Recognized, Gives Two Month Deadline

TPNPB Threatens to Execute Kiwi Pilot Philip Mehrtens if Papuan Independence is Not Recognized, Gives Two Month Deadline

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The West Papua National Liberation Army- Free Papua Organization (TPNPB- OPM) has threatened to execute captured New Zealand pilot Philip Mehrtens if Indonesia does not recognize West Papuan independence in two months. 

Mehrtens, pilot of Susi Air, was captured on February 7 after landing at the village of Paro, located in the Papuan highlands. The aircraft was quickly surrounded by TPNPB fighters, who released the five civilian passengers because they were indigenous Papuans. Mehrtens was taken captive, with TPNPB leader Egianus Kogoya initially saying he would only be released if Indonesia recognized Papaun independence. 

This is the first time TPNPB has threatened to kill Mehrtens, which comes amid a series of failed rescue operations by Indonesian forces and stalled negotiations.

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