Monday, March 3, 2014


2) Fijian ties move, Indonesians with Papuans fly in
4) Five Papua DPD candidates  disqualified


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Jayapura, 3/3 (Jubi/MajalahSelangkah) – Police arrested a Papuan resident on Sunday (2/3/14), accusing hom of being a member of the Papua Free Movement (OPM), a report said.

Otis Waropen was in his house in Sima Village, Yaur Sub-district of Nabire Regency when at least a platoon of police who guard a palm oil plantation and other officers from Nabire arrested him, Simon Petrus Habebora, the Tribal Chief of Yerisiam, told to on Monday (3/3/14)

Habebora said Waropen was still being detained at the Nabire Police even though he had told the police that he is just a farmer and has never been involved with the OPM.
“The majority of my residents are farmers. Staying in the forest for months or years for hunting, gathering food or farming are normal. The forest is belong to them, right?” Habebora said.

Habebora urged Papuan police chief Tito Karnavian to withdraw the Mobile Police Brigade who guard the palm oil company at Wami, Yaur Sub-district because they caused troubles to local communities,” said the Chief.(Jubi/MS/Topilus B. Tebai/rom)


2) Fijian ties move, Indonesians with Papuans fly in

Tue 04 Mar 2014

SUVA, Fiji ---- An Indonesian delegation arrived into the country last night to strengthen the growing relations between Indonesia and Fiji.

The eight-member delegation is also here to hold public lectures at the three higher education institutions in Fiji- the University of the South Pacific, Fiji National University and the University of Fiji.

On the visit agenda would be moves to improve trade, investment, economic relation and even higher education prospects between the two nations.

Part of the delegation are two Papuan activists- Franzalbert Joku and Nicholas Simeone Messet - who will be talking about the reality of the much talked about Papuan situation in Indonesia.

Indonesian Minister Counsellor with the Foreign Affairs Pratito Soeharyo said Fiji could always regard Indonesia as a friend.

“We are here to see the future of the relationship between Indonesia and Fiji. It is the main purpose of our visit. Through this visit, we will have a clear idea of what is expected in the future regarding the relationship between the two countries.

“Indonesia is also part of the Pacific also, therefore, we will develop and strengthen our relationship.”

This meeting is a result of an invitation extended to the delegation by Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.

Joku said: “There is a realisation in Indonesia that we are not just an Asian nation, but also a Pacific nation by the virtue of our geographical location spanning between mainland Asia and Oceania region in the Pacific.”

“That is why Government decided we should pursue closer relationship with countries in the Pacific and we hope this is going to be a start of many visits to this nation.”

Joku said Indonesia had much to learn from Fiji and the assimilation of different cultures.

Messet said: “Fiji for us in Melanesia is a big brother in terms of its independence. We respect Fiji as our big brother, in terms of independence. We hope the upcoming general elections would be democratic in the true sense of the word.”

“From Fiji, other Melanesian countries will see the progress made and that could open the doors for us to meet with them. We are very grateful for Ratu Inoke for extending this invitation. This is a stepping stone and I am proud of him taking this step.”

Families of Joku and Messet fled to Papua New Guinea when they were young, where they sought political asylum.

Messet at one stage was a pilot for Air Nuigini and had also smuggled arms to fight for the Papuan cause.
Joku, who worked for the old Fiji Sun, said much had changed since those days of fighting.

“We previously advocated independence because we felt we did not have breathing space in Indonesia. However, happily, the Indonesian Government heard our pleas and gave us special autonomy. Papua is an autonomous region and that is the answer we were looking for.

“After the process of democratisation, we felt that the noble values we were seeking- justice, prosperity, and others were present and we stood to benefit from the change in the political circumstances. We made a firm decision to return home and participate in the democratic processes and also to develop our part of Indonesia.”

Messet said some sacrifices had to be made, but now, he said things were different.

“We realised that what we are fighting for had been achieved and we had to come back and for the benefit of the Papuans and the Republic of Indonesia. Before, we stood on the other side, fighting with the Indonesians, but now we are standing side by side our brothers and sisters.”

“One day we will be able to get Melanesia and Indonesia together and I think, Fiji will be leading that move,” he said.

The delegation will also be meeting with the Fijian Defence Minister Joketani Cokanasiga tomorrow.

Also part of the delegation is the Vice-Chancellor of the State University of Papua Dr Suriel Mofu.

Dr Mofu said there were a high number of scholarships being given out to foreign students and he said in coming days, Fijian students would also stand to benefit from it.

Jayapura, 3/3 (Jubi) – Fiji’s opposition has accused an Indonesian delegation planning to visit the Pacific country next week of intervening in Fiji’s internal politics by supporting Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama  in his campaign for reelection. 

United Front for a Democratic Fiji accused Indonesian Ambassador Aidil Chandra Salim of having offered support to Commodore Bainimarama to be reelected prime minister in the upcoming elections.
“In media interviews, the Indonesian Ambassador showed they were behind the offer of support to Commodore Bainimarama to become Fiji’s prime minister,” Mick Beddoes, the United Front for a Democratic Fiji’s spokesman, told Jubi on Monday night (3/3).

He further said that the government of Indonesia also gave half a million dollars to the Melanesia Spearhead Group (MSG) in exchange for betraying the sub-regional group’s commitment towards the West Papuan people.

The Indonesian embassy in Fiji has denied the accusations, which have been voiced by pro-West Papuan groups in the Pacific.

They say a visit by an Indonesian delegation consisting of local and central government officials next week was part of support for Bainimarama.
“The visit is only an alibi because the main objective is to support Bainimarama’s campaign to win the upcoming election. The Indonesian ambassador in Fiji has announced it. The opposition in Fiji has accused the Indonesian government of intervening in Fiji’s internal politics, even bribing the Bainimarama’s people,” Andi Ayamiseba, the representative of West Papua National Coalition for Liberation said in Vanuatu on Monday (3/3).

While the media in Fiji said the visit was aimed at strengthening the relationship between the MSG member countries and the Republic of Indonesia. It was said the mission was also in line with the last meeting results of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of MSG to Indonesia in January.

The delegation is planning to participate in a public lecture to create the awareness and generate a dialogue on the autonomy and development in both provinces of Papua and West Papua, Indonesia.

The mission was planned after Vanuatu announced it would hold an international symposium on West Papua as an alternative solution towards the failure of a fact-finding mission conducted by the MSG foreign ministers.(Jubi/Victor Mambor/rom)


4) Five Papua DPD candidates  disqualified

Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Tue, March 04 2014, 8:50 AM

The Papua General Elections Commission (KPUD) has disqualified five candidates vying for a seat on the Papua Regional Representatives Council (DPD).

Adam Arisoy, head of the Papua KPUD, said that Daniel Butu, Frederik Wakum, Theofilus Waimury and Dirk Dicky Rumbairusi had been disqualified as they failed to submit their campaign fund reports by the deadline on Sunday. “The four candidates did not submit their campaign fund reports, while the fifth candidate, Robert Isir, has passed away, so he was automatically disqualified,” he told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

“If someone votes for any of the five disqualified the DPD candidates, their ballot will be considered invalid. The five names, however, are still on the ballots as they have already been printed,” said Papua KPUD legal and supervisory division head Tarwinto.

There had been 25 registered candidates contesting for a spot on the Papua DPD.

Meanwhile, Arisoy said that 12 political parties had reported their campaign funds.

“The KPUD will verify the submitted reports. If there are incomplete documents, there will be time to complete them,” he said. (idb/nvn)

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