Friday, January 17, 2014

1) Papuan Women Traders Asked for Clarification on the Permanent Market Building

1) Papuan Women Traders Asked for Clarification on the Permanent Market Building
2) SBY resents Abbott in his  new, controversial book 
3) Editorial: Build Oz-Indonesia Ties on Mutual Trust
4) Indonesia Increasing Maritime Security Due to Australian Navy


1) Papuan Women Traders Asked for Clarification on the Permanent Market Building

Jayapura, 16/1 (Jubi) – Dozens of Indigenous Papuan women traders organized by the Solidarity of Papuan Indigenous Traders (Solpap) came to the House of the People’s Representatives Council of Papua (DPRP) to ask for clarification about the market building for indigenous Papua women traders. The building construction had been occasionally delayed while the government has periodically changed.
“We have waited over ten years for the government keeping their promise to build the permanent market for the Papuan women, but they never fulfilled their promise until now. We asked the government to concern about the market for the mothers who were taking birth and raising the children whom are now sitting in the Parliament and Governor,” said Welly, one of the coaching staff in the Women Traditional Market, when giving the oration in the House of the People’s Representatives Council of Papua with dozens of women tonight.
  “We asked the construction of market for the Papua Women to be built within 2014.  The mothers has already tired. They are tired for waiting and shouting to get the decent market building.  We are also asking the Parliament to formulate the Special Regulations (Perdasi/Perdasus) to strict the Non-Papuan traders for selling the same vegetable commodities as sold by the Papuan women traders,” Welly said in front of the dozens of women traders.
Yuliana Pigai, the Coordinator of Papuan Women Traders, was revealed   the same statement. “We hope our children who are sitting in the Parliament and Governor to fulfill their promise which is until today not yet realized,” she said with disappointment.
Mama Pigai further said that the market for Papuan women is a form of long fight to make a living and to pay the children’s school, but the government never understands this effort.
For information, this evening dozens of the indigenous women traders organzed by the Solidarity of Indigenous Papuan Traders came to the House of the People’s Representatives Council of Papua to ask for clarification about the permanent market building for the indigenous women traders. It is also noted that this evening, the Parliament and the Provincial Government are conducting a plenary session for the fiscal year 2014. (Jubi/Arnold Belau/P. Maizier).


2) SBY resents Abbott in his  new, controversial book 
Rendi A. Witular and Ina Parlina, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Headlines | Sat, January 18 2014, 11:04 AM

In his new book, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has expressed disappointment at the way Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott handled tensions between the two nations after revelations emerged of Australia’s suspected wiretapping of the President and his wife in 2009. 

In the book, titled Selalu Ada Pilihan (There is Always a Choice), Yudhoyono said he initially refrained from following a harsh policy that could have affected relations between the countries after the eavesdropping revelations. 

However, Yudhoyono said the final straw came when he learned that Abbott viewed the incident as normal.

“When my best friend Tony Abbott made several statements before the Australian parliament suggesting the case was normal and refused to apologize, I could no longer stay silent,” said Yudhoyono in his book, which was launched on Friday. 

He also said that as a strategic partner, he could not accept the rationale behind the incident, which violated Indonesian, Australian and international law.

“Also important is that the incident related to the moral and ethical side of being a good neighbor,” the President went on. 

Yudhoyono said he deeply regretted the incident amid all-time high relations between the two countries. 

Due to Abbott’s handling of the matter, Yudhoyono finally decided to suspend cooperation in the areas of military and defense, joint patrols on boat people, as well as intelligence and information sharing with Australia, resulting in ties between the two nations plunging to their lowest level.

Yudhoyono also said in the book that Australia should have honestly briefed Indonesia over the wiretapping incident two months before it was revealed in November. 

“When I read the news of the wiretapping involving the US and Australia, I instructed Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa to seek clarification from Australia,” he said.

“But their reply was between ‘yes’ and ‘no’,” he said. 

Yudhoyono said he had not received sufficient explanation from Australia since the incident occurred. 

The row with Australia is dealt with in a chapter entitled “A leader has to be firm, but remain rational”.

The book, written directly by Yudhoyono, is a compilation of his experiences and thoughts on his achievements during his tenure. 

“This book is something for me to share and is not intended to teach others or to deliver theories,” said Yudhoyono. 

“It’s not a memoir. I will publish that at another point. This book is just for me to share both the sweet and bitter tastes of being the President.”

More than 1,000 people attended the book launch, ranging from celebrities, politicians, businesspeople and state enterprise executives.

For Yudhoyono, the 900-page book, which was originally scheduled to be published in December, serves as a response to critics that often labeled him a failed leader. 

In his book, Yudhonono also provides tips on winning the presidency, such as avoiding being openly critical of political opponents, forging compromises and never ridiculing previous leaders.

3) Editorial: Build Oz-Indonesia Ties on Mutual Trust

Bilateral relations between Indonesia and Australia are like a teenage love story. While it’s normal that any relationship experiences its ups and downs, ties between Australia and Indonesia can change particularly quickly from great to very bad.
Just several months ago, Australian officials and media called President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Australia’s biggest friend. The president was welcomed with a standing ovation at the Australian parliament, with most lawmakers in Canberra concluding that relations were at a historic high.
Many of us here in Indonesia also believed that Australia was finally putting enough trust in Indonesia and that suspicion left over from the New Order era — when Australians believed the Indonesian Military was about to invade — had faded.
But just weeks later, relations fell to a historic low, with reports of Australia spying on Yudhoyono, his wife and other officials making headlines in both countries. Indonesia quickly ordered its envoy to return to Jakarta indefinitely. Now, we are witnessing a further blow, as Australia has admitted it breached Indonesian waters, sparking more anger in Jakarta.
The series of incidents shows that there is a lack of trust and maturity in both nations. And that is a shame, because the people of the two countries have so much to gain from strong and healthy relations.
Indonesian people and officials should work harder to prove our trustworthiness and sincerity to the Australian media and people, who should in return ask their political leaders to act genuinely toward Indonesia.
We expected Australia to believe that Indonesia now is very different from the previous era, when impunity prevailed, and that Australia doesn’t need to spy on us for security reasons. But until this belief is firmly rooted, it will be impossible to strengthen ties permanently.
January 17, 2014

4) Indonesia Increasing Maritime Security Due to Australian Navy

Photo: Indonesia Naval Vessels

Indonesia will increase maritime patrols after what it called deplorable territorial violations by Australia's navy as it tried to turn back asylum seekers, worsening an already bitter dispute between the two neighbors over the issue.

Earlier on Friday, Australia apologized for a number of recent incursions into Indonesian waters as part of Canberra's controversial policy of pushing back boats carrying would-be asylum seekers entering its side of the sea.

"Indonesia...will intensify its maritime patrols in areas where violations of its sovereignty and territorial integrity are at risk," the political and security coordinating ministry said in a revised statement.

It withdrew an earlier statement which had used a softer tone.

The revised statement called the incursions deplorable, demanding formal diplomatic clarification and assurances that such incidents would not be repeated.

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said he had been told earlier this week about the "inadvertent breaches" on multiple days and immediately informed the Indonesian navy.

The latest spat comes as often tense relations between the neighbors touched their lowest since the 1990s after allegations late last year that Australia had spied on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and other senior Indonesian officials.

Indonesia downgraded its relations with Australia in November as a result of those allegations, suspending intelligence and military cooperation, including over asylum seekers.

The increasing strain on ties has serious economic implications. Indonesia is a major importer of Australian agricultural products such as wheat and live cattle. Australia is Indonesia's 10th-largest export market.

Morrison's office also said Foreign Minister Julie Bishop had sent a letter to her Indonesian counterpart.

Morrison said Australia "deeply regrets" the breaches of territorial sovereignty but at the same time maintained Australia's right to protect its own borders.

"We have offered the apologies, we have been very clear about what has occurred both with Indonesia and here today," he told reporters.

"But we won't let this setback get in the way of the job we were elected to do, which is stop the boats," he said.

The number of refugees involved pales in comparison with other countries but is a polarizing political issue in Australia and stokes tension with Indonesia over border policies that have been criticized by the United Nations and international human rights groups.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's conservative government came to power partly because of its tough campaign against asylum seekers after an easing of border policies by the former Labor government that resulted in a rise in the number of boats.

Its policies include offshore detention centers that hold thousands of asylum seekers, many of whom have fled conflicts in Afghanistan, Darfur, Pakistan, Somalia and Syria.


Abbott's government is also coming under fire at home over the secrecy surrounding its "Operation Sovereign Borders" asylum policy, which he recently likened to a war. He has said secrecy is important to prevent "the enemy" receiving information.

On Wednesday, Morrison moved to restrict access to information even further as he touted the operation's success, refusing to confirm reports that the navy had forced the return of a number of boats to Indonesia in recent weeks.

The U.N. refugee agency has asked for information from the government, warning that Australia could be breaking international law if it is forcing boats back to Indonesia without proper regard for refugees' safety.

Graeme McGregor, a spokesman for Amnesty International, called "absurd" Canberra's continued refusal to provide greater information about the policy to the public in the wake of an incursion that he says threatens to derail the regional framework on refugee resettlement.

"I think the public have a right to know how their money is being spent, and I think the current government's policies of secrecy and masking that information are not helpful," he told Reuters.

Many trying to reach Australia pay people-smugglers in Indonesia to make the perilous journey in often unsafe boats.

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