Tuesday, August 12, 2014

1) Arms smuggling attempt foiled by Papua police 2) President Yudhoyono calls for protection of nation`s sovereignty 3) Fate of two French journalists in Papua unknown


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1) Arms smuggling attempt foiled by Papua police

Senin, 11 Agustus 2014 16:24 WIB | 444 Views
Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - Police in Papua have prevented an attempt to smuggle in 13 weapons to Merauke and Timika, Papua Province, on Monday.

The weapons were discovered in a warehouse following their shipment via cargo service of a local airways, First Inspector Jubelina Wally of the Sentani air patrol police reported here on Monday.

The arms included six units of Jericho 941, a revolver, a G26, APS Caribe, and a WG long-range pistol.

The policewoman said the whereabouts of the persons who had tried to sneak in the weapons were not known yet.

"Investigation is still underway," she added.

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2) President Yudhoyono calls for protection of nation`s sovereignty

Senin, 11 Agustus 2014 20:20 WIB | 546 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono addressed President-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on the occasion of the 2014 National Veteran Days commemoration event, offering his thoughts on Indonesias sovereignty.

"Today, Mr Jokowi is present here with us. We are still awaiting the verdict of the Constitutional Court, but if Mr Jokowi is destined to be Indonesias leader, all veterans and the people of Indonesia will hold the hope that our sovereignty will be preserved and that no one will be permitted to violate it," said President Yudhoyono as part of his remarks at Sarbini Hall in Jakarta on Monday.

Yudhoyono noted that Indonesia must keep moving forward and developing as a strong nation that holds sovereignty over its territory.

"In 2045, on the 100th anniversary of independence of the Republic of Indonesia, we want Indonesia to be recognized as a strong, developed country in the realm of politics, the economy and defense matters. Hence, we must preserve our defense strategy, no matter what. The integrity of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia is a fixed commitment," Yudhoyono emphasized.

Regarding efforts being made to safeguard the country, Yudhoyono noted that if a political leader wishes to issue a war policy, then he must first carefully examine the associated risks and consequences.

"War is the last resort. If political and diplomatic means have not been able to resolve the problems for Indonesia, then war must be declared since the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesias sovereignty is a fixed commitment," he stressed.

The commemoration event was also attended by some veteran generals, Yudhoyonos cabinet ministers, and the head of the Indonesian Police.

On July 22, the General Elections Commission officially announced that the Jokowi-JK pair had won the 2014 presidential elections.

The Jokowi-JK pair had received 53.15 percent of the votes, while the Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa pair saw 46.85 percent.

However, Prabowo had rejected the election result, alleging that massive fraud had occurred during the elections, and announced his withdrawal from the election process.

On July 25, the Prabowo-Hatta pair filed a lawsuit at the Constitutional Court, challenging the presidential election result.

Under the law, the Constitutional Court must issue a verdict no later than August 21, 2014.

(Reporting by Panca Hari Prabowo/Uu.INE/KR-BSR/B003)
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3) Fate of two French journalists in Papua unknown

Posted 12 August 2014, 14:10 AEST
The fate of two French journalists detained by Indonesian police for almost a week in the restive region of Papua remains uncertain.
The fate of two French journalists detained by Indonesian police for almost a week in the restive region of Papua remains uncertain.
Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat, from the Franco-German television channel Arte, have been accused of reporting without valid visas.
The documentary filmmakers were on tourist visas when they were detained in the highland town of Wamena, along with a number of local human rights activists.
Human Rights Watch's Andreas Harsono has told Asia Pacific the pair were charged with immigration offences and could face up to five years in jail.
"The charge is misusing their tourist visa to do journalism work," he said.
"The police said that they were suspected of trying to attract international attention on Papua, to raise the rebellion in Papua."
Reports say Mr Dandois was arrested in the company of three members of a separatist movement.
Mr Harsono is calling for the immediate release of the journalists.
"There is no point charging them. They are likely to be deported."
Human Rights Watch says the Indonesian government has restricted foreign media access to West Papua for more than 50 years.
"There must be something wrong going on inside West Papua if the restriction has been going on that long," Mr Harsono said.
"Let's see if Jokowi (Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo) is going to follow through his promise to lift the restriction."
The French embassy in Jakarta says its been in constant contact with the men.
Separatists in the Papua region have long been fighting for independence.

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