Friday, July 13, 2012

1) Yudhoyono: “No Need for Large Scale Operations in Papua”

1) Yudhoyono: “No Need for Large Scale Operations in Papua”
2) Papuans Demand Accountability from Mimika Regent
1) Yudhoyono: “No Need for Large Scale Operations in Papua”
Friday, 13 July, 2012 | 22:29 WIB
TEMPO InteractiveJakarta:The disorder in Papua has led President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to speak up again. The authoritiesmust crack down firmly on separatist movements, but they must also be careful not to violate human rights. However, the President confirmed that there was no need for a massive military operation.

"The government is using the community approach," he said while at a briefing to young officer candidates (capaja) at the Army and the Police Academy 2012 at the Military Academy, Magelang, on Wednesday evening, July 11, 2012, as quoted by Antara. The president made the statement in response to a question by one of the cadets about the dilemmas of soldiers on duty: they are performing their duty yet people accuse them of committing human rights violations.

Yudhoyono said the land of Bird of Paradise is often referred to as one of the bases of separatist movements. Handling separatist movements requires special skills on the part of the authorities.

The Chair of the Board of Supervisories of the Democrat Party firmly states that any forms of separatism in Indonesia must be stopped because it threatens the unity of the nation. "Any talk of wanting to be free, to leave the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia(NKRI), is not about freedom of speech; it is separatism; it must be stopped," said Yudhoyono.

The President was speaking before 836 cadets of the army (Military, Naval, Airforce Academy) and the police, Level IV. They have completed their education and become capaja. He will appoint them with a military officer rank of second lieutenant (letda) and a police officer rank of second inspector (ipda).


2) Papuans Demand Accountability from Mimika RegentFriday, 13 July, 2012 | 22:31 WIB
TEMPO InteractiveTimika:The war of arrows between villagers of Kwamki Lama, Timika, Papua, still continues and has so far heavily injured at least 39 people. Earlier on Wednesday arrows struck 51 people.The protracted conflict drove a group of citizens to gather in front of the Timika Regional Council of Representatives (DPRD). They all demanded Klemen Tinal, who is regent of Mimika, to step down.

On Thursday, July 12, 2012 morning, the conflict started at 6:30 Papua time, on Jalan Kanguru and in front of the office of the Preparation for the Kwamki Naraman (Lama) District. A total of 50 men armed with arrows from Kampung Harapan shot arrows into a crowd of Kampung Amole residents, on the grounds of Kingmi Jerusalem Church, Kampung Amole. The ensuing war of arrows was inevitable.

Since the conflict started, six people have been killed, hundreds of people have been injured and are being treated at two different hospitals. In Timika City, dozens of Amungme residents staged a rally in front of the DPRD building in Mimika.

The residents, led Kadun Jaya Village Chief, Daniel Tabuni, accused Mimika Regent Klemen Tinal, of being responsible for the conflict between the residents of Kwamki Lama. They were received by Council members Allo Rafra, Yanes Natkime, Felas Gwijangge, and Karel Gwijangge.

"Regent Klemen Tinal himself must go down to Kwamki Lama, do not delegate it, because it is his people who are fighting. The regent should be ashamed. ‘Arrow breaking’ has repeatedly been performed, but the conflict continues," said Daniel. He demanded Klemen Tinal be removed from his position due to his inability to resolve the conflicts.

According to Daniel, under Klemen Tinal’s leadership of Mimika, community conflicts constantly occur in Kwamki Lama. Before theCouncil, Daniel aggressively declares that he will gather all village heads and set up tents on the DPRD grounds. "We will gather here,we will wait for the Regent. Why are other people coming to cause endless trouble?" asked Daniel, demanding the Council to look into the mastermind behind the conflicts.


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