Monday, September 3, 2012

1) Question to Hillary Clinton on Papua


1)  Question to Hillary Clinton on Papua
2) Clinton defends Indonesia arms deal
3) Indonesian police still detain eight suspected separatists
4) Police arrest Papua separatist leader
5) Papua conflict is bound to continue as long as injustices continue
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1) Below is a Question to Hillary Clinton on Papua and her responce, on US Department of State web page
US Department of State
Remarks With Indonesian Foreign Minister Raden Mohammad Marty Muliana Natalegawa

Remarks
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Jakarta, Indonesia
September 3, 2012


QUESTION: Thank you for the opportunity to ask. My name is (inaudible). I’m from an English language daily newspaper, Jakarta Globe. I would like to ask Mrs. Clinton if the U.S. Government proposal to sell air-to-ground sales have been approved by U.S. Congress to accept the F-16 jet fighters Indonesia? And what other defense system that U.S. will provide assistance for Indonesia? And why would the U.S. want to sell missiles to Indonesia despite human rights records in Papua? Thank you.


SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, let me begin by saying that we support Indonesia’s security, including its defense, and we believe strongly that Indonesia has a right to enhance its security. We obviously work closely with Indonesia on a range of issues, particularly on counterterrorism cooperation. And we commend the Indonesian Government for the law enforcement-led approach to counterterrorism and believe that Indonesia has made great strides in protecting its citizens and citizens more generally who visit and travel for business or recreation to Indonesia, which is such a wonderful country to be able to see.
Regarding the very important question on the situation in Papua, we support the territorial integrity and that includes Papua and West Papua provinces. We believe strongly that dialogue between Papuan representatives in the Indonesian Government would help address concerns that the Papuans have and assist in resolving conflict peacefully, improving governance and development. We think there should be inclusive consultation with the Papuan people and implementation of the special autonomy law for Papua. And of course, we deplore violence of any sort in Papua, and when it does occur there should be full and transparent investigations under the rule of law and make sure that lessons are learned from that.

So we think that there’s been an enormous amount of good work done by the Indonesian Government, and we’re going to continue to work with them and raise issues as that becomes necessary.


FOREIGN MINISTER NATALEGAWA: Let me just – although the question was not directed to me per se, but one thing to underscore, the point that I was trying to make at the beginning, U.S.-Indonesia relations is a comprehensive one. If one was to simply pick an issue, as you have just now identified, you can get acute impression of what the full breadth of Indonesia-U.S. relations. And whenever we have issues that we must discuss, as fellow democracies, countries that enjoy very comprehensive and stable and stronger bilateral relations, we have been able to discuss this matter in a very frank and open and candid manner, in a problem-solving manner as well.
So I mean, that’s how it is, and we respect and we thank the consistent position by the United States with respect to the territorial integrity of Indonesia. I think that has been a given. And it’s also, at the same time, (inaudible) additional sense of responsibility to ensure that we live up not only to the international community’s expectations but most of all – most of all – to the expectation of our own people in terms of how we conduct ourselves as a democracy nowadays.
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2) Clinton defends Indonesia arms deal
Date September 4, 2012 - 3:20AM
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Michael Bachelard, Indonesia
HILLARY Clinton has defended the Obama administration's decision to provide air-to-surface missiles to the Indonesian military despite its record of human rights abuses in West Papua.
Asked about the decision on Monday night, the US Secretary of State said, "Indonesia has a right to enhance its security," before congratulating the country on its role in combatting terrorism using tough law enforcement.
The comments come as Indonesia seems about to appoint a former head of the uncompromising counter-terrorism police agency, Detachment 88, to lead the police force in Papua.
Brigadier General Tito Karnavian will soon be appointed Papua police chief, according to a letter obtained by the Jakarta Globe newspaper, at a time when the work in the restive province of his former unit, Detachment 88, is coming under serious scrutiny.

General Karnavian, 47, led the Australian-funded and trained anti-terror police between 2004 and 2010, instituting a tough but successful crackdown on terrorist groups in Indonesia.
However, Detachment 88's work to suppress separatist strife in West Papua is considered much more controversial, particularly after allegations that the unit was involved in the recent, allegedly unprovoked, killing of independence activist Mako Tabuni.
The American government has recently promised to give Indonesia two F16 fighter jets, and sell it air-to-surface guided missiles valued at $25 million. The missiles are designed to hit targets including ships, vehicles and fuel storage facilities.
Ms Clinton nodded towards the concerns of activists over the Tabuni killing, saying: "We deplore violence of any sort in Papua and when it does occur there should be full and transparent investigations under the rule of law and make sure that the lessons are learned from that".

However, she added that the United States "believe that there has been an enormous amount of good work done by the Indonesian government".


Australian foreign minister Bob Carr recently called for a full and open inquiry into the Tabuni killing - earning a rebuke from a senior Indonesian parliamentarian.However, she added that the United States "believe that there has been an enormous amount of good work done by the Indonesian government".
The Indonesian government has so far made no moves towards an inquiry. On the police version of events, Mr Tabuni was armed.

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3) Indonesian police still detain eight suspected separatists
Mon, September 3 2012 21:18 | 84 Views

Jayapura (ANTARA News) - Police still detain eight members of an armed gang suspected of being involved in a series of acts of violence in Papua .

The gang leader Dani Kogoya and two of his followers Petrus Jikwa ans Sonny Kosay were arrested on Sunday at a hotel in Jayapura. 

Police said the group has killed four civilians and an army soldier in Papua since last year. 

Police did not say the motive of the violence committed by the group or whether they are separatists seeking Papua independence 

Papua police spokesman Sr Comr. Yohannes Nugroho said the arrest of Dani and his two followers led to the arrest of 22 other people in Kamkey , but only five of them were held on charge of involvement in the criminal offenses committed by the group.

Dani is treated at a police hospital for a bullet wound he had after police shot him in the leg as he tried to escape arrest. 

Yohannes said a team of the hospital doctors decided to amputate his wounded right leg, therefore, he had to stay at the hospital bed for some time. 

The other seven member of the group were held a police detention cells in Jayapura, he said. 

Dani is also suspected of being the one responsible for the death of a German citizen Dietmer Pieper shot at Pantai Base G, in May this year.
(Uu.AS/H-ASG/H-YH)
Editor: Priyambodo RH
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4) Police arrest Papua separatist leader
The Associated Press, Jayapura, Papua | National | Mon, September 03 2012, 9:34 PM
Indonesian police have arrested a suspected separatist leader and two aides in a raid in easternmost Papua province.
Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Yohanes Wicaksono said Dani Kogoya was shot in his right leg as he tried to escape arrest by 20 police officers Sunday night at a hotel in the provincial capital, Jayapura.
Wicaksono said Monday that Kogoya is suspected of masterminding the shootings of a German tourist and a soldier this year and the killing of another soldier and two civilians in last year.
Police confiscated a homemade gun, ammunition, arrows and documents from his house.
From tapol
5) Papua conflict is bound to continue as long as injustices continue
Bintang Papua, 2 September, 2012

Jayapura: As conflict and violence continue to occur in Papua, the secretary-general of the Presidium Dewan Papua, Thaha Alhamid said that it will be extremely difficult to stop the conflict in Papua as long as injustices continue everywhere and the rule of law is not being applied.

He said that all  sides  must be willing to enter into social and political communications so as to ensure that  these acts of violence do not continue. He mentioned specifically a recent incident last Wednesday when a convoy of vehicles delivering logistical requirements was shot at, wounding Tilu, the driver (26) at the Iron Bridge in the district of Tingginambut, Puncak Jaya.

'In my opinion,' he said, ' the rule of rule is very important and social injustices must be speedily ended. Upholding the law is very difficult in Papua,' he said.

He went on to say that the law enforcement forces in Papua only get busy when there are demonstrations calling for a referendum or when the Morning Star flag is flown. But when corruption  is suspected, their response is always slow. That's what I mean when I say that law enforcement in Papua is very discriminative.'

'We have to recognise that the police stations are full of intrigue, of likes and dislikes. So how can they function effectively when it comes to security matters?'

[Translated by TAPOL]
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