Thursday, February 12, 2015

1) Vanuatu open to West Papua talks

2) Papua Governor Says Freeport Royalties Unfairly Distributed
3) 16 Regencies in Papua Prone to Disasters
4) Investigation into Bullet Trade Case Ammunition Open to Public

5) West Papua waters prone  to smuggling of liquor  and drugs 

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1) Vanuatu open to West Papua talks


The Vanuatu government says it is open to dialogue with Indonesia over the West Papua bid to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
The United Liberation Movement for West Papua last week submitted its membership application to the MSG Secretariat in Port Vila.
The Public Relations officer for Vanuatu's prime minister says the government will support the application when a decision is expected at the MSG leaders summit in Honiara mid-year.
Kiery Manassah says Vanuatu respects its diplomatic position with Indonesia, but will never accept rights abuse against fellow Melanesians.
"If there is a need for dialogue with Indonesia, of course we believe that now the Indonesians are part of the MSG, they could play a role in there we believe that as long as the rights of the indigenous West Papuans continues to be infringed, we will continue to support them in relation to their fight to attain self-determination."
The Public Relations officer for Vanuatu's prime minister, Kiery Manassah.
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2) Papua Governor Says Freeport Royalties Unfairly Distributed

Jakarta, Jubi / Merdeka.com – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe and four regents visited the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM), Sudirman Said in his office on Friday (02/06/2015) to discus the future of PT Freeport Indonesia and its smelter development plan.
During the meeting, Enembe commented about the low royalties received by Papuans from Freeport Indonesia. A total of 80 percent of Freeport royalties are paid to the local government and 20 percent go to the central government.
The royalty for Papua is then divided into several regencies and Mimika regency gets only 32 percent.
He admitted, the distribution of royalties to several regencies in Papua seems uneven and the people who live around the mine or Mimika are treated unfairly because their portion is equal to those in other areas.
Mimika regent, Eltinus Omaleng reported the royalties received by Mimika regency is only Rp 200 billion per year and this number is too small. (*/Tina)
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2) 16 Regencies in Papua Prone to Disasters

Jayapura, Jubi – As many as 16 of 29 regencies and cities in the province of Papua are vulnerable to floods, landslides, hurricanes and tsunamis.
The acting head of the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD), Didi Agus Prihatno, said the complexity of climates  could such natural disasters.
“Eleven types of potential disasters are all in Papua. So far, the disasters can be handled by the local government as it is not big enough” he told Jubi in his office on Monday afternoon (09/02/2015). There were no major disasters in 2004.
The deputy chairman of the Regional Representative Council (DPD), Mohammed Farouk, urged each local government to anticipate and maximize the preparedness for natural disasters such as floods and landslides.
“The data we got was many provinces in Indonesia are prone of flooding and landslides. Therefore, local governments and communities are encouraged to be alert,” Farouk was quoted as saying by atjehpost.co.
DPD in cooperation with the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), is currently working on a concept and conducting disaster that occurred in several areas in order to issue disaster policy and its implementation. (Sindung Sukoco/ Tina)
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4) Investigation into Bullet Trade Case Ammunition Open to Public

Jayapura, Jubi – The Regional Military Command XVII of Cenderawasih said it will update the public on the investigation into five soldiers suspected of having sold bullets to armed groups.
The military command’s chief of staff , Brigadier General Tatang Sulaiman, said it will publish any outcome of the investigation for the public to know.
“Let’s see later. It is open to the public. The suspects are now investigated by POM,” Tatang said on Monday (09/02/2015).
He said if there is enough evidence, the soldiers will face a military tribunal, because they are members of the military.
“The trial is open to the public. The penalties will be hefty as it is a critical violation that can not be tolerated,” he said.
Previously, a member of Papua Legislative Council, Deerd Tabuni asked the military command to open every inquiry and investigation results to the public.
“It should be clear, so that people will know the progress. So the people would not question it,” Deerd Tabuni said. (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)

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5) West Papua waters prone  to smuggling of liquor  and drugs 
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Archipelago | Thu, February 12 2015, 1:20 PM 
West Papua is vulnerable to the smuggling of bootleg liquor, says West Papua Police chief Brig. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw.
"Not only liquor, but [West Papua] the waters have also been prone to the smuggling of hashish and drugs from neighboring countries," Paulus said as quoted by Antara news agency.
He said it was the duty of the police to bolster surveillance to prevent the illegal activity.
"The West Papua waters are strategically located on the domestic and international trade lanes, such that oversight has to be improved there," he said.
In 2014 the Manokwari Police foiled an attempt to smuggle hundreds of bottles of bootleg liquor by boat. Paulus said the police had also managed to foil a number of drug-smuggling attempts. (hhr)(++++)
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