Monday, February 9, 2015

1) PNG clarifies position on West Papua

2) Report from Indonesian Papua provinces finds 'we are killing ourselves'
3) Two Minister Visit Papua to Support Smelter Development

4) Palm Victim Care Coalition Urges Nabire Regent to Revoke Permit of PT. Nabire Baru

1) PNG clarifies position on West Papua

Updated 12 minutes ago

Papua New Guinea's Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato has reaffirmed his government's support for Indonesian territorial sovereignty in West Papua and Papua provinces.
This comes after the PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill made his strongest statement yet about human rights abuses in Indonesia's eastern region.
Mr O'Neill said the time has come to speak out about oppression of West Papuans.
Though Mr Pato suggests parts of the statement have been misconstrued by some local media commentators who have ignored the context of PNG's relationship with Indonesia.
He says he has since been in touch with his Indonesian counterpart...
"Whom I had the opportunity to speak to on the phone yesterday in Jakarta on some of these issues over the Prime Minister's statement. So we've moving ahead and putting all those things, particularly the interpretations of that statement, behind us."
Meanwhile, Rimbink Pato says the new West Papuan bid for membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group must be made in consultation with Indonesia's government.
This follows the submission last week of a membership application to the MSG by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.
However, a spokesman for the ULM says it hasn't consulted Jakarta on the submission, and that MSG leaders do not need Indonesian endorsement to reach a decision on the application.
2) Report from Indonesian Papua provinces finds 'we are killing ourselves'
Updated 9 February 2015, 18:08 AEDT
Over this past weekend, Fairfax newspapers in Australia ran an in-depth story looking at some of the troubles facing the Melanesian peoples of Indonesia's provinces of Papua and West Papua.

Its writer, Michael Bachelard, took a look at how the Melanesian people themselves are often responsible for the failings of the system.
Michael has just wound-up his Indonesian posting for Fairfax, and discusses this reporting assignment in this largely unreported region.
Presenter: Bruce Hill
Speaker: Michael Bachelard, Fairfax Media's former Indonesia correspondent


3) Two Minister Visit Papua to Support Smelter Development

Jayapura, Jubi/Antara – Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Minister Sudirman Said has stated that he and Public Works Minister Basuki Hadimoeljono will soon visit Timika to observe the readiness of the region to develop smelters.
The minister made the remarks in a meeting with Papua Governor Lukas Enembe. During the meeting which was also attended by Minister Basuki Hadimoeljono, Minister Sudirman Said remarked that he would directly observe the readiness of the region to build smelters.
According to the chairman of the Papua Regional Legislative Assembly (DPRD) Yunus Wonda, if the smelters are built they should have other supporting facilities.
“Electricity must have been ready and other factories should have already been there such as cement and fertilizer factories,” he said adding that the factories could use the wastes of smelters.
He said that if smelters are built in Papua, there will also be cement and fertilizer factories so that in the future the cement price in the region could be reduced from the current expensive level of Rp1.5 million per sack.
Now is the time for Papua to have smelters because copper which is processed in Gresik, East Java, came from Papua, said Wonda adding that the results of the two ministers’ working visit will be discussed later to know whether Papua is already ready to have smelters.
In the meantime, the plan to build a copper concentrate smelter in Papua will need US$1.5 billion, the provincial mining and energy office said. The cost will include land clearing, head of the regional mining and energy office Bangun Manurung said.
At a meeting on Dec 23, 2014, the government asked PT.Freeport Indonesia, the copper mining company in Papua, to build the smelter in Timika, Papua.
“PT Freeport has been ordered to build the smelter in Papua,” Bangun said, adding, the smelter is expected to be operational in 2020.
The fact that supporting facilities like fertilizer and cement factories are not available in Papua is no reason for not building the smelter “as facilities would also be built,” he said.
He said Papua Governor Lukas Enembe is set to make Timika an industrial district that fertilizer and cement factories would be built there.
“There is no reason for PT Freeport not to build the smelter in Timika, to process its own copper,” he added.
The US company has pledged to build the smelter as a condition for to be allowed to export copper concentrate.
The government has issued a law banning exports of mineral ore necessitating construction of smelter to process ores before being exported. In July 2014, the government licensed Freeport to export 756,300 tons of copper concentrate until January this year on condition it is to build a new smelter in Gresik, East Java.
The smelter in Gresik is to be operational in 2017 and is to be followed with one in Papua scheduled for operation in 2020. The license would be cancelled on Jan. 25 if Freeport failed to show that it has taken a concrete steps toward realization of the plan, according to memorandum of understanding signed earlier between the company and the government.
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said expressed disappointment at Freeport failing to build the copper smelter. The company has not even decided where the smelter is to be built, the minister said.
He said he believed the company, which is the largest copper and gold producer in the country, is financially capable of building the smelter. (*)

4) Palm Victim Care Coalition Urges Nabire Regent to Revoke Permit of PT. Nabire Baru

Timika, Jubi – A coalition of tribal leaders and environmental groups in Nabire urged Papua Governor Lukas Enembe to protect the rights of indigenous people from environmental destruction.
The coalition, consisting of the Meepago Tribal Council, Environmental Council of Indigenous Papuans, Pusaka, and Greenpeace  said on Monday (02/02/2015) Enembe should abide by  Law No. 21 of 2001 on the recognition and protection of indigenous peoples’ rights and Law No. 39 of 1999 on Human Rights,
“We the Governor of Papua to revoke Plantation Business permit of PT. Nabire Baru in Nabire, andthen invite both PT. Nabire Baru and Yerisiam Tribal Peoples to sit together. If the company did not want to meet the demands, its permit will be revoked,” the group said.
The coalition also urged, PT. Nabire Baru and PT. Sariwana Unggul Mandiri to open negotiations with the owners of customary rights, Yerisiam and Mee tribes to discuss the MoU with Indigenous Peoples and timber compensation.
They also demanded that the sale of land transaction by Yunus Monei to Imam Basrowi on October 15, 2008 be declared invalid because it violated the rights of indigenous people and because a person is not allowed to have customary land covering thousands of acres. (Eveerth Joumilena/Tina)

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