Tuesday, April 23, 2013

1) Papua adm to buy aircraft


1) Papua adm to buy aircraft

2) TPN / OPM urges Jakarta Open Yourself To Confer

3) Papua's missing millions in grant aid

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1) Papua adm to buy aircraft

Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Papua | Archipelago | Tue, April 23 2013, 5:19 PM
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The Papua provincial administration has earmarked Rp 15 billion ($US 1.5 million) as down payment to purchase twin otter aircraft with 17- passenger capacity.
“The aircraft will be used to serve remote areas. The aircraft cost Rp 80 billion (U$ 8.2 million) and we will pay for it in three years  time,” Papua transportation agency head Bambang Sismanto said on Tuesday.
He said as of right now,  the administration was in the middle of preparing paper work for the tender process and fund allocation commitment between the Papua Provincial Council and the provincial
administration.
The aircraft procurement was part of the provincial government’s response to questions raised by some regents about the  administration seriousness in transportation. Bambang said the Papuan provincial administration had allocated a Rp 40 billion subsidy for pioneer flights and 49 billion for the shipping line. Currently, the pioneer flights were operated by Susi Air, Merpati Airlines and Trigana Air.(dic)
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2) TPN / OPM urges Jakarta Open Yourself To Confer
Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 4:34 p.m. Papua, Options Editor75 viewsAdd a comment

1) Papua adm to buy aircraft

2) TPN / OPM urges Jakarta Open Yourself To Confer

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http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/04/23/papua-adm-buy-aircraft.html

1) Papua adm to buy aircraft

Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Papua | Archipelago | Tue, April 23 2013, 5:19 PM
A- A A+
The Papua provincial administration has earmarked Rp 15 billion ($US 1.5 million) as down payment to purchase twin otter aircraft with 17- passenger capacity.
“The aircraft will be used to serve remote areas. The aircraft cost Rp 80 billion (U$ 8.2 million) and we will pay for it in three years  time,” Papua transportation agency head Bambang Sismanto said on Tuesday.
He said as of right now,  the administration was in the middle of preparing paper work for the tender process and fund allocation commitment between the Papua Provincial Council and the provincial
administration.
The aircraft procurement was part of the provincial government’s response to questions raised by some regents about the  administration seriousness in transportation. Bambang said the Papuan provincial administration had allocated a Rp 40 billion subsidy for pioneer flights and 49 billion for the shipping line. Currently, the pioneer flights were operated by Susi Air, Merpati Airlines and Trigana Air.(dic)
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A google translate of article in SuaraPapua.com. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic. Original bahasda at

2) TPN / OPM urges Jakarta Open Yourself To Confer
Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 4:34 p.m. Papua, Options Editor75 viewsAdd a comment
JONAH Wenda, spokesman for the TPN / OPM (PHOTO: ARNOLD Belau / SP)

PAPUAN, Jayapura-Jonah Wenda who claimed to be the spokesman (spokesperson) West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) and the Free Papua Movement (OPM), urged the Indonesian government to immediately open talks space between Papuans and Indonesia to resolve any conflicts in the ground Papua.

"We have repeatedly asked and urged Jakarta to quickly do the dialogue, in order to find a solution with the settlement, but Jakarta has never responded goodwill of the TPN / OPM," said Jonah, while giving a press conference at the hotel Matos, Abepura, Papua, Tuesday (23/04/2013) afternoon.

It said negotiations were meant TPN / OPM would be mediated by a neutral country without interference from the Papua and Indonesia, and without any pressure to find solutions for peace in Papua.

"Conflict resolution between Papua and Jakarta should be by peaceful means, do not use the approach of military violence, intimidation and terror that it sacrificed the Papuan people," said Wenda.b

Wenda also urged the Indonesian government to immediately open up and do the negotiations with the five negotiators appointed by the people of Papua, at a conference facilitated by the Papua Peace Network, in the year 2011 on the campus of the University of Paradise.

ARNOLD Belau
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3) Papua's missing millions in grant aid

Despite massive cash injections, healthcare and public services remain dire
Development of health and other facilities is lacking in Indonesia's West Papua
  • Ryan Dagur, Jakarta
  • Indonesia
  • April 23, 2013
When Emanuel Esema’s 15-year-old brother developed swollen limbs recently he did not even think of taking him to receive medical attention. Their home in West Papua's Yahukimo district is remote – 800 kms from the provincial capital Jayapura and at least three days on foot to the nearest clinic.
“I decided to find medicines myself in the forest,” said Esema.
His younger brother never recovered. He is among a growing number of Papuans who have died due to lack of medical services in this remote corner of the country amid a growing scandal which has put both the central and regional authorities under severe scrutiny.
In Tambrauw, West Papua, alone as many as 95 people have died in the past six months due to a lack of medical facilities, according to Nusantra Traditional Community Alliance (AMAN), an NGO.
There were three community health centers here but they closed down in 2010 due to a lack of personnel, according to AMAN.
Critics of the government say that the budget numbers for this restive corner of Indonesia simply do not add up.
Since Papua became a special autonomous area in the far east of the country in 2001, more than 46.7 trillion rupiah (US$4.9 billion) has been spent on development projects including hospitals and schools.
This year the central government allocated the same amount again as part of a development acceleration program for Papua and West Papua.
Dorus Wakum, coordinator of the Community of Papuans Against Corruption (Kampak) said that its investigations showed that only about 50 percent of this money is being used as intended.
“The rest is in the hands of local officials,” he says.
In 2010, 43 legislators in West Papua province and 23 in Papua province became suspects of corruption cases involving the special autonomy budget.
But activists who try to investigate and expose these failings face repression and, in some cases, victimization. Yohanis Mambrasar and his father Hans Mambarasar have been compiling a dossier of local deaths due to lack of medical care in the Tambrauw district.  
On April 8, police in Sausapor sub-district went to their house in Werur village, bundled them into a pickup truck and took them to the police station where they were interrogated separately for hours.
“The two police officers asked Yohanis about organizations in Papua which are against the Indonesian government, as well as the names of the organizations he is working with,” Asian Human Rights Watch said in a statement last week.
Rights activist Father John Djonga of Jayapura diocese who conducts daily visits to remote villages said that health is just the most urgent and apparent problem here.
“Recent deaths show government failure,” he said, adding that most Papuans are trapped in poverty in remote areas with scarcity a normal part of everyday life.
Many people in Papua must rely on what they grow in their immediately locality to survive, which typically means a diet of sweet potatoes, bananas and coconuts.
NGOs have in recent month cited malnutrition as a major factor in the high mortality rates seen in many areas.
The government has blamed the geography of Papua for the recent controversy surrounding the large number of recorded deaths.
“The transportation infrastructure is very limited,” said Minister of Health Nafsiah Mboi.
Activist Zely Ariane, coordinator of NGO National Papuan Solidarity, agreed that at more than 319,000 sq kms Papua represents a huge area. “But don’t make it an excuse not to serve Papuans.”
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