Monday, August 17, 2015

1) Hopes New Zealand will back Papua mission plan

2) Freeport worried about uncertainty over contract extension

3) Adverse Weather Hamper Salvage Efforts of Crashed Trigana Plane

4) Search team deployed to aircraft`s crash site: Military officer


1) Hopes New Zealand will back Papua mission plan
Updated at 7:21 pm today
The United Liberation Movement for West Papua is calling on the Pacific Islands Forum leaders to send a human rights fact finding mission to the Indonesian region.
The movement is seen as the body representing the Melanesian people and recently became an observer member at the group which unites the Melanesian countries, the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
The ULMWP's secretary general, Octo Mote, who is touring New Zealand to rally support, says the backing for West Papua at last week's Forum officials meeting was a great boost.
He says the meeting got unanimous support to include the West Papua issue on the agenda at the Forum leader's summit next month in PNG.
"so we presume New Zealand will do the same thing, which is, they will not object about this humanitarian fact-finding mission; more even I am certain that the government, there is no reason for them not to support it."


2) Freeport worried about uncertainty over contract extension

Senin, 17 Agustus 2015 11:43 WIB | 675 Views
Timika, Papua (ANTAR News) - President Director of PT Freeport Indonesia Maroef Sjamsoeddin said the U.S. mining giant was worried by uncertainty over extension of its contract. 
"Currently we are facing a very important test in the history of PT Freeport Indonesia," Maroef said when speaking as inspector of ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the countrys independence here on Monday. 
He said the parent company Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold has issued a policy of cost reduction program in facing the difficult time. 
He said the company also is facing problem with the shrinking commodity prices in the global market.
As a result the price of the company shares has fallen in international markets, he added. 
At the same time, the company needs much larger investment to continue the process of production from underground mining, and for the capacity expansion of its Gresik copper smelter in East Java. 
The company plans to build a new smelter to process its copper concentrate in Gresik to comply with the government regulation requiring mining companies to process their minerals in the country.
Maroef called for "understanding of the objective condition and support for the steps to be taken by the management to take decision."
Earlier, legislator from Papua Wilhelmus Pigai asked the government to involve the regional administration and legislators from Papua and the Council of the People of Papua in discussing renewal of the contract for PT Freeport Indonesia.
Wilhemus said the central government is not the only one having the right to discuss the renewal of the contract of PT Freeport.
Papua governor Lukas Enembe and Mimika District Head Eltinus Omaleng, therefore, need to invite all parties concerned to discuss extension of the contract of PT Freeport Indonesia.
The present contract of work signed in 1991 by President Soeharto would expire in 2021. 
Meanwhile a number of leaders of the Amungme tribes planned to meet President Joko Widodo to ask about their demand for compensations for land used by Freeport.(*)


MONDAY, 17 AUGUST, 2015 | 16:46 WIB
3) Adverse Weather Hamper Salvage Efforts of Crashed Trigana Plane
TEMPO.COJakarta - Treacherous weather conditions have hampered the evacuation of passengers and crews of the crashed Trigana Air Service aircraft, which disappeared from local radars on Sunday, August 16, 2015 near Oksob in the regency of Pegunungan Bintang.
Evacuation is hampered by thick fog, which has limited visibility to just two meters, said the Chief of Pegunungan Bintang District Police, Sr. Comr. Yunus Wally on Monday, August 17, 2015.
"To assist the search and rescue team lead by Lt. Col. Arif, we will dispatch some food and equipments on trucks and by foot," said Wally, who added that 11 search and rescue officials arrived at Oksibil on a Twin Otter aircraft owned by Trigana Air Service.
A makeshift helipad was going to be constructed to ease the evacuation effort, but the plan had to be scrapped for the time being due to adverse weather conditions.
It is known that AMA pilots were the ones who first noticed the wreckage at around 08:00 Eastern Indonesian Time (WIT) near the Oksob waterfall.

4) Search team deployed to aircraft`s crash site: Military officer

Senin, 17 Agustus 2015 14:58 WIB | 453 Views
Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - A 46-member search and rescue team has been deployed to the crash site of Trigana Airways ATR aircraft that lost contact during a flight from Jayapura to Oksibil, Papua Province, Sunday, a military officer stated.
The rescuers will have to walk to reach the crash site that is believed to be around Okbab waterfall in Pegunungan Bintang District area, Commander of Wamena military district Lt. Col. Moh. Aidi noted here on Monday.
Led by Lt. Col. Arif from the border security task force, members of the search and rescue mission were transported by cars before they continued their trek to the crash site, he remarked.
"We are not yet able to predict when they will reach the crash site," he said, adding that the weather conditions posed a serious challenge to the search and rescue mission.
A helicopter, sent from Timika to the crash site, was not able to land due to bad weather conditions, Aidi revealed. 
According to Pegunungan Bintang district government, the crash site of the aircraft carrying five crew members and 49 passengers, including two children and three infants, is believed to be in Tiga Village, Okpabe sub-district. 
According to the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation, the ill-fated ATR aircraft bearing flight number 267 lost contact on Sunday, at 2:55 p.m. local time.
Chief of the Sentani air base Col. I Made Susila Adyana informed Antara that his airbase, in cooperation with the search and rescue team, had mapped out the crash location of the ATR-type aircraft.
Chief of Bintang Mountain Resort Police Adjunct Senior Commissioner Yunus Wally noted that the aircraft is believed to have crashed during its flight from Jayapura to Oksibil.
The aircraft, with pilot Hasanudin and co-pilot Aryadi, was scheduled to arrive in Oksibil at 3:15 p.m. Eastern Indonesian Time after a 55-minute flight, but it failed to arrive on the scheduled time.(*)

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