Friday, February 27, 2015

1) Indonesia-PNG foreign ministers bar reporter questions on West Papua

3) Indonesia's Foreign Minister to Visit Solomons
4) Papua Governor Urges Police to Solve Shooting Case in Paniai
5) Anti-graft body detains former Papua governor

1) Indonesia-PNG foreign ministers bar reporter questions on West Papua
Updated 27 February 2015, 17:55 AEDT
Indonesia's foreign minister Retno Marsudi has arrived in Papua New Guinea at the start of a three-country tour through the Pacific, saying the aim of the trip is to strengthen relations with PNG, Solomon Islands and Fiji.
PNG's foreign affairs minister Rimbink Pato released a statement before a media conference this afternoon saying bilateral, regional and international issues will be discussed.
But there was no mention of the human rights abuses in the Indonesian province of West Papua which Prime Minister Peter O'Neill recently said he would start speaking out about.
The two foreign ministers have just wrapped up their press conference in Port Moresby, and our reporter there says journalists were not allowed to ask about rights abuses across their shared border.
Presenter: Bruce Hill
Speaker: Rolland Banaba, news editor from Yumi FM


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Published On:February 27, 2015
The Minister for Foreign Affairs Rimbink Pato told a press conference in Port Moresby in the presence of his Indonesian Foreign Affairs counterpart Her Excellency Mrs Retno Marsudi that the level of corporation between Indonesia and PNG was wide and varied and both countries stood firm to increase its bilateral relations.
Both Ministers however were tight lipped on the human rights issues affecting West Papuans and even didn’t allow for questions from the media.
At the request of the media, Minister Pato spared a few minutes after the conference to answer to questions from the media in the absence of the Indonesian leader.
In his response to the issues affecting West Papuans, he said Mrs Marsudi had extensive discussions on the issue with the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill during her breakfast meeting this morning both governments agreed to take comprehensive actions to address the plight of the our Melanesia brothers.
“Political commitment is needed to guide the West Papuan issue to end the violence once and for all,” Mr. Pato concluded.
Friday, 27 February 2015 7:53 AM

3) Indonesia's Foreign Minister to Visit Solomons

Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Honorable Retno l. P. Marsudi will make a one-day visit to Solomon Islands on Saturday 28 February.

The visit is part of Minister Marsudi’s pacific tour which includes stopovers in Papua New Guinea and Fiji.
During her visit, Minister Marsudi will hold bilateral talks with Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Hon. Milner Tozaka.
The Indonesian Minister is also scheduled to meet Deputy Prime Minister Hon Douglas Ete at midday on Saturday.
He leaves Solomon Islands for Fiji on Saturday afternoon.

4) Papua Governor Urges Police to Solve Shooting Case in Paniai

Jayapura, Jubi – Governor of Papua Lukas Enembe urged law enforcers to resolve the Paniai shooting incident as soon as possible.
“It is a demand from the public. So, I urge the police to immediately determine who the real suspects are. We hope the police will open their investigation results to the public,” Enembe told reporters in Jayapura, Papua on Tuesday (24/02).
Related to President Joko Widodo’s instruction to form an investigation team, Enembe claimed he did not know about the plan.
“There has been no report and clarity about it. As, this case has been exposed through the media, it must solve completely,” he said.
He considered, the accumulation of various problems that occur in Papua will lead to disappointment and distrust against the government.
Therefore, the disclosure of the case must be published to the public as they always come to ask.
“We ask that the law enforcement officers to announce who the suspects if they had identified. So, people do not keep asking,” he added.
Earlier, dozens of witnesses and victims in the case of persecution and shootings in Enarotali, Paniai, Papua met the team of the Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) who arrived in Enarotali last Tuesday (2/17).
A commissioner of HAM, Manager Nasution said the investigation process is very important, so that the witnesses and survivors have an opportunity to provide the data and information required.
“Description of witnesses and victims is crucial in the process of this investigation,” he told the Jubi in Enarotali, Friday afternoon (20/2). (Alexander Loen/ Tina)


5) Anti-graft body detains former Papua governor

Jumat, 27 Februari 2015 23:24 WIB | 407 Views

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has detained three suspects, including former governor of Papua province, over an alleged case of corruption related to power projects in Mamberamo River and Erumka in the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

"BS (Barnabas Suebu) was held at the detention center in East Jakarta for the first 20 days," KPKs head of publication and news report, Priharsa Nugraha, said here on Friday.

Suebu admitted to have been cooperative.

"I have always respected the legal process, which started when I was named as a suspect seven months ago. I will remain cooperative and will continue to respect the ongoing process, considering it is the first step in a long journey to find legal violations. It is the path to finding the truth, to justice and to legal certainty," he remarked after being questioned at the KPK building.

The other suspects detained were President Director of PT Konsultatsi Pembangunan Irian Jaya (PT KPIJ) Lamusi Didi (LD) and head of the mining and energy service of Papua province, Jannes Johan Karubaha (JJB).

"LD was held at Cipinang in East Jakarta for the first 20 days," Nugraha affirmed, adding, "JJB was held at the Guntur KPK detention center in East Jakarta."

The power projects were worth some Rp56 billion, and the estimated losses that the state incurred over the case amounted to Rp36 billion.

The anti-graft body believes that PT KPIJ marked up the price of the projects because of its connection with Barnabas.

Corrupt practices were related to the procurement of "Detailing Engineering Design."(*)


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