An intergovernmental delegation of Melanesian countries arrived in Papua on Monday on an official visit to assess the Indonesian province’s application to become a member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
“We are happy to undertake this important visit at the invitation of the Indonesian Government to be able to assess the application by WPNCL to become a member of the MSG to enable us to present a recommendation to our leaders,” Fijian Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said.
“We fully respect Indonesia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and we further recognize that West Papua is an integral part of Indonesia.”
The Melanesian Spearhead Group represents Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Three foreign ministers, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, Papua New Guinea Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato and Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Soalaoi Clay Forau arrived at Sentani airport on Monday morning.
The Vanuatu foreign minister did not join the delegation.
It is understood that the Melanesian delegation will assess Papua’s human-rights record and infrastructure progress as a precursor to joining the MSG. The existing member states have also signed an inter-state preferential trade agreement.
Yan Ciristian Warinusy, a human rights activist in Papua, said the visit was in line with the preliminary agenda of the MSG summit held in June 2013 in Noumea, Kanaky-New Caledonia.
“This is an important matter, a prerequisite for them to determine how they will consider the membership of Papua into the MSG membership,” he said, “as based on the application by the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation (WPNCL).”
2) One shot dead during trouble makers-joint forces shoot out in Papua
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Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - A member of the trouble maker group "Jhon Beanal" was shot dead during a shootout by the joint forces of Indonesian Military and Police at PT Freeports east embankment operational area, Papua.
Vice Head of Papua Police Brigadier General Paulus Waterpauw informed ANTARA News in Papua, on Friday, that the victim could be ascertained as a member of Jhon Beanal AKA Jhon Botak Group since the east embankment of PT Freeport area was known to be their hideout.
"The shooting took place on the night of Thursday, January 9, during the joint forces regular patrol in that area," he explained.
According to Waterpauw, the current situation post the shooting remained conducive and the deceased was being sought to be evacuated.
"Now, we are still waiting for the last of the process to identify the deceased," Waterpauw explained.
Besides, it was raining during the shootout, and that had caused the process of the evacuation even more difficult.
The joint forces found an M-16 gun on the victim and saved it as evidence.
During the ten minute shooting, the police estimated, the Jhon Beanal group had ten to twenty members and possessed around four guns, Waterpauw explained.
The current report stated that the operational work of PT Freeport is still on and the residents who lived around the location are all safe.
"The shooting location was far away from the PT Freeport and the residential area," Waterpauw pointed out. (Uu.A060/INE/KR-BSR/H-YH)
3) INDONESIA PAPUA HIDE THE FACT OF DELEGATION MSG
Author VIEWS : Benny Mawel on January 13 , 2014 at 23:59:57 WP
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Uproar Action Welcomes MSG ( Jubi / Mawel )
Jayapura , 13/1 ( Jubi ) - Mass Student Movement activist , Youth and People of Papua ( Uproar ) welcomed the delegation held a demonstration Countries Melanesian Spearhead ( MSG ) at the gate of paradise University Campus , Abepura , City of Jayapura , Papua , on Monday ( 13 / 1 ) morning .
Actions reception was done by alternately delivered speeches from morning until 13:00 noon CDT . MSG delegation had left the city of Jayapura , Sentani Airport towards using the military have Hellycopter .
In the demonstration , the students carrying banners that uproar Questioning cases of human rights violations in Papua .
" The problem is not the development of Papua , not welfare but the political status of Papua , " wrote Uproar in the pamphlet taped in front of the entrance to the gate near the pedestrian bridge in Abepura Uncen Campus .
According to the uproar , it's very political status has implications for the application of democracy that took place in Papua . Many people become political prisoners and victims of lives continue to fall .
" MSG should see the Papua issue properly as well as human rights and democracy are not going well for the people of Papua . " Written in one pamphlet uproar .
Because of its political implications , the Papuan people become victims , Uproar MSG delegation asked to meet the people of Papua .
But alas , that hope did not materialize . Agenda MSG visit very limited , only met the Governor of Papua and Papua DPRP . " We are very regrettable MSG just met Papua Governor then left Jayapura , " said Alfares Kapisa , Field Coordinator Uproar in front of the entrance gate Uncen Campus , Monday ( 13/1 ) .
If not able to meet the people of Papua , when the delegation came to concern political issues , he added , MSG could beramsumsi why they did not get to meet the people of Papua .
" While this resistance groups still exist . Indonesia certainly mask the fact , "said Marten Manggaprau , activists West Papua National Autority ( WPNA ) .
Because the Indonesian government has directed the delegation to not meet with resistance groups , Marthen hope , MSG does not necessarily answer WPNCL applications . " MSG must provide a special space again met resistance groups before taking a decision , " he said .
If MSG make decisions based Air visit and meeting with the governor he continued DPRP is not objective . " They were not part of the insurgents but pro- Indonesian Papuans , " said Marthen . ( Jubi / Mawel )
Foreign Ministers of the Melanesian Spearhead Group are set to tip-toe through a diplomatic minefield with news that a MSG delegation – led by Fiji’s Ratu Inoke Kubuabola – will make its long-awaited visit to the Indonesian region of West Papua this week.