Tuesday, March 29, 2016

1) Strengthening Indonesia’s presence in the South Pacific


2) Government pledges to settle human right cases soon

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1) Strengthening Indonesia’s presence in the South Pacific
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  • Jakarta, Jubi - Plan delegation visits Indonesia to Papua New Guinea and the Republic of Fiji, March 30-April 3, 2016 confirms the seriousness of Jakarta in strengthening bilateral relations with countries in the South Pacific region.

    Visits are planned led by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, to both countries member Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) it was not the first, cabinet member in the administration of President Joko Widodo.

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno L.P.Marsudi, has made his first visit to Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Fiji. During his visit to the Solomon Islands, February 28, 2015, Foreign Minister received Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Milner Tozaka in Honiara.


    Both foreign ministers admit that both Indonesia and the Solomon Islands have the background and Melanesian cultural heritage which can help realize a closer bilateral relations for the benefit of both countries and peoples.

    Both Foreign Ministers also recognized the importance of the principle of mutual respect for territorial integrity in building bilateral relations in addition to strengthening cooperation in economic and community ties, especially through capacity building and technical assistance.

    Regarding the importance of the position of countries in the South Pacific region for the foreign policy of Indonesia has also affirmed Deputy Foreign Minister A.M. Fachir on 20th MSG Summit which took place at Heritage Park Hotel, Honiara, Solomon Islands, June 26, 2015.

    For Indonesia, which has 11 million diaspora Melanesia spread in Papua, West Papua, Maluku, North Maluku and East Nusa Tenggara, the Pacific region is' one of the top priorities ", he said in a speech before the leaders of the member countries MSG.

    The state visit of President Joko Widodo to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, on 11-12 May 2015 at the invitation of Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is 'a real reflection of these priorities', said Wamenlu A.M.Fachir.

    As disclosed Wamenlu a forum receive full membership Indonesia and give observer status to the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), the commitment of Indonesia to MSG 'real and concrete'.

    Even Indonesia is committed to helping the countries members of the MSG in order to engage more deeply with the wider international community through the Forum Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Asian-African Conference.

    In view Wamenlu A.M.Fachir, open connectivity between Melanesian societies in the member countries and 11 million citizen MSG Melanesian descent spread across five provinces will pave the way for more open access to the Indonesian market is huge.

    "Willing to be the gate, even Indonesia could also act as a gateway for products of countries in the South Pacific region to enter the markets of member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), 'he said.

    Opportunities of cooperation between Indonesia and the countries members of the MSG was not confined to the field of economy and trade. As a fellow island nation, cooperation in the field of disaster mitigation of climate change impacts and improving the welfare of the people is very open.

    But above all the opportunity to strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation and multilateral, Wamenlu A.M.Fachir remind MSG Establishment Agreement of 2007 in which "the MSG members fully respect the principles of international law governing international relations".

    Among the principles are absolutely respected members of the MSG it is the principle of sovereignty, equality independence for the whole nation, and not to interfere in the internal affairs of countries, he said.

    What was delivered Wamenlu RI in front of MSG in Honiara forum was very unfounded moreover internationalization Papua issue and campaign contains a lawsuit over the validity of the implementation of the Referendum Act of Free Papua through (Act) 1969 continues.

    Professor of the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia, Prof. Hikmahanto Juwana, also admitted this reality in which he gave an introductory note to the book by Nico Gere titled "Maintaining Sovereignty Indonesia in Papua: Revitalization Principles of Sovereignty and Non-intervention principle of the UN Charter" (2015).

    "Papua is Indonesia. But some people in Papua and a number of non-governmental organizations abroad not accept this fact. Therefore, the sovereignty of Indonesia in Papua shall continue to be treated, "he wrote in a book published Perum LKBN Between that.

    In the midst of this reality, the Indonesian delegation's visit to Papua New Guinea, a country that will host the summit of the 21 MSG in 2017, and the Republic of Fiji do.

    According to the Deputy for Communications, Information and Administrative Coordinating Ministry for Politics Marsda Ruchyan Agus Barnas, during a visit to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, March 30, Coordinating Minister for Politics Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

    From Port Moresby, the Indonesian delegation will continue the mission of bilateral visit to Suva, the capital of the Republic of Fiji, March 31 to April 1. In this visit to Suva, Legal and Security Affairs also planned to meet with the Prime Minister of Fiji J.V.Bainimarama.

    "Among the agenda of the visit the delegation of Indonesia to the Republic of Fiji it is the delivery of humanitarian aid and sending a contingent of Army engineer troops to assisting the process of reconstruction after Hurricane Winston category 5 which ravaged parts of the country last February," said Agus.

    Indonesia helping hand to the government and people of Fiji at this moment reflect on the meaning of the proverb "a true friend is a friend in times of joy and sorrow". The same was done when Vanuatu Indonesia diporakporadakan by storm Hurricane Pam on March 17, 2015. (*)

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    2) Government pledges to settle human right cases soon


    Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Coordinating Minister for Political Affairs, Law and Security Luhut Binsar Padjaitan said the government resolved to settle human rights cases "in not too long time." 

    "We are studying ways to settle all human rights cases in Indonesia. In Papua there are 16 cases. President Joko Widodo has passed order to settle the cases as soon as possible," Luhut said here on Tuesday. 

    The government will reopen all cases and ask all including the Human Rights Commission and Papua community leaders to contribute to finding a solution to the problem openly, he said.  

    "If possible this year. Settlement of human rights cases must be transparent mainly through peaceful approaches," he said.

    He said the government is trying to work out a plan to provide scholarship for Papua students to study various technologies abroad. 

    The regional administrations would be asked for their role in the development Papua to prevent making a similar mistake when granting Freeport the contract with Papua not given enough share of the benefit from their land. 

    Freeport has a large gold and copper mining concession in Papua.

    Luhut said the government welcomes plan of the regional administration of Papua to build an industrial estate in Memberamo.(*)

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