Monday, August 26, 2013

1) MSG head meets Vanuatu leaders and calls for independence.

2) Indonesia accused of trying to divide MSG over Papua 
5) Indonesia threatens West Papua 'Freedom Flotilla'
6) War of Nerves between Papuan Governor & Political Prisoners  
7) Hemiscyllium halmahera: New Species of ‘Walking’ Shark from Indonesia


Posted at 20:18 on 26 August, 2013 UTC
The new chairman of the Melanesian Spearhead Group has called on member countries to closely monitor the political development in New Caledonia and West Papua and to support the return to democratic parliament in Fiji.
Victor Tutugoro, who is chair of the MSG on behalf of New Caledonia’s Front de Liberation National Kanak et Socialiste, or FLNKS, made the call in Vanuatu where he has travelled to meet with key leaders.
He says that New Caledonia’s Kanaks need help from other Melanesian peoples to be integrated as full member of Pacific region and not part of Europe.
Mr Tutugoro, who took over the position during the 19th MSG summit in New Caledonia in June, says that the MSG has to re-enforce its structure in term of human resource and capacity building to meet the needs of Melanesians and restore stability in the member countries.
Making his first official trip as chairman, Mr Tutugoro has met Vanuatu’s President Iolu Johnson Abbil and is also expecting to meet prime minister, Moana Carcasses before addressing the parliament on Friday.


2) Indonesia accused of trying to divide MSG over Papua 

Updated 26 August 2013, 16:43 AEST
Activists working for independence for Indonesia's Papua province claim that Jakarta is trying to manipulate the Melanesian Spearhead Group over the issue.
The Secretary-general of the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation, Rex Rumakiek says the Indonesian government is not following the agreement given to MSG leaders during their latest summit meeting in New Caledonia.
He says the agreement was for the Foreign Ministers to visit Papua for an inspection tour together, but, Jakarta is using the tactic of divide and rule by inviting the Group's leaders one by one.
Rex Rumakiek, explained his point of view to our Vanuatu correspondent, Hilaire Bule in Port Vila.
Presenter: Hilaire Bule
Speaker: The Secretary-general of the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation, Rex Rumakiek
Posted at 22:13 on 25 August, 2013 UTC
An activist from the Indonesian province of West Papua says Indonesia is lying and not honouring its promise to the leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
The secretary-general of the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation Rex Rumakiek says Indonesia is now dictating to MSG leaders what they should do.
He says during the MSG summit in New Caledonia, it was agreed that all foreign ministers visit Indonesia and West Papua to see the situation themselves.
Mr Rumakiek says now Indonesia is inviting the MSG leaders one by one.
He says the Solomon Islands Prime Minister was the first MSG leader to visit Indonesia this month.
Mr Rumakiek says dealing with leaders individually creates a risk of bribery, and it’s another tactic by Indonesia to divide the MSG and impose its agenda.

4) Letter in Sunday age

Carr out of touch

Bob Carr continues to push the view that somehow those Australians with knowledge and conscience concerning the reality of the repression of West Papua for the past 60 years by the Indonesian state are perpetuating a ''cruel hoax'' and offering a ''cruel hope''. It is too easy for Mr Carr to dismiss such support as ''fringe'' as though it is irrelevant and obviously lunatic.
He is very aware of the growing support from the Pacific island nations, and the growing body of opinion on the legal fiction of Indonesia's takeover. Would he now consider Australia's invasion of Afghanistan offering a cruel hope for freedom from the Taliban, or our invasion of Iraq perpetuating a cruel hoax on the people there that democracy would be installed?


5) Indonesia threatens West Papua 'Freedom Flotilla'

A three-vessel Freedom Flotilla carrying some 50 West Papuan and indigenous Australian protesters bound for the restive Indonesian territory of West Papua began its voyage from Queensland, Australia, this past week—to the dismay of both Austrailian and Indonesian authorities. The protestors, who hope "to reconnect two ancient cultures and to reveal the barriers that keep human rights abuses in West Papua from the attention of the international community," expect to make landfall in early September. "The initiative of Indigenous Elders of Australia and West Papua will build global solidarity and highlight the abuses of human rights and land rights carried out under the occupations of their lands on an international stage," the statement on the Flotilla's website reads.

Official reaction to the Flotilla has ranged from dismissive to threatening. "This is just a publicity stunt by some elements trying to get attention," Michael Tene, a spokesman for Indonesia's Foreign Ministry, told the Jakarta Globe. "It will not affect Indonesia or any other country, and it will not affect our work in the Papua provinces." More ominously, Indonesia's deputy minister for security affairs, Agus Barnas, told The Guardian by phone from Jakarta that "the use of weaponry may not be necessary. We won't threaten them with guns, but we want to send them away from Indonesian territory."

Jakarta has also warned Canberra over the Flotilla. Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said that any help Australia provided to the flotilla "won't be good for our bilateral relationships." Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr  quickly disavowed the protester. The Flotilla's "action is not supported by Australia, it's extremely ill advised, he told Radio National. "I think this activity by a fringe group of Australians offers a cruel hope to the people of the two Indonesian Papuan provinces; that is, a hope that, somehow, independence for the Papuan provinces is on the international agenda, when it’s not. The world recognizes Indonesian sovereignty as we do."

After Indonesian independence in 1949, West Papua remained a Dutch overseas territory until 1962, when Indonesia and the Netherlands signed the New York Agreement at the UN headquarters, formally ending the last Dutch colonial presence in the archipelago. In 1969, the Papua provinces agreed to join Indonesia in a referendum of elders—the legitimacy of which has been questioned ever since by an independence movement. Human rights abuses have been growing in recent years, and the Jakarta government effectively bars journalists from covering the independence struggle. (The Guardian, Aug. 20; Jakarta Globe, Aug. 19)
6) War of Nerves between Papuan Governor & Political Prisoners  
Monday, 26 August 2013, 11:52 am Article: Selpius Bobii - Front Pepera Papua Barat War of Nerves between Papuan Governor and Papuan Political Prisoners  By Selpius Bobii 19 August 2013

7) Hemiscyllium halmahera: New Species of ‘Walking’ Shark from Indonesia
Dr Gerald Allen, a research associate at the Western Australian Museum, and his colleagues from Australia have described a new species of shark from eastern Indonesian waters.


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