Monday, April 11, 2016

1) Indonesia Objects to $1.7 Bln Freeport Asked for Stake: Energy Official

2) Academician: Vanuatu’s journalists keen to visit Papua
1) Indonesia Objects to $1.7 Bln Freeport Asked for Stake: Energy Official

An aerial view of a giant mine run by U.S. firm Freeport-McMoran Cooper & Gold at the Grassberg mining operation, in Indonesia's Papua province. (Reuters Photo/Stringer)

By : Wilda Asmarini | on 3:31 PM April 11, 2016

Jakarta. Indonesia has objected to the $1.7 billion Freeport McMoRan asked for a stake in its local unit, an energy ministry official said, because the price tag was too high and the government is considering alternative options.
“We told them that for now there was no agreement on the price,” Coal and Minerals Director General Bambang Gatot told reporters on Monday, referring to a letter sent to Freeport regarding its offer.
Gatot declined to give details on what price the government thought would be fair for the 10.64 percent stake in Freeport Indonesia that the U.S.-based parent company must divest.

Monday, 11 April 2016, 22:34 WIB
2) Academician: Vanuatu’s journalists keen to visit Papua
Red: Julkifli Marbun
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, KUPANG — Several journalists in Vanuatu have expressed interest to visit Papua and observe the current condition as they often received biased, unfair, and unbalanced news coverage of the Indonesian province, a noted academician stated.
 “The journalists in Vanuatu seem to yearn to get firsthand information of the current situation in Papua as they have begun harboring doubts on the rampant and unfair coverage of information on Papua," Pater Gregor Neonbasu, SVD, an anthropologist of the Widya Mandira Catholic University, noted here on Monday.
 Speaking to Antara in connection with his recent visits to Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, and Fiji, Neonbasu revealed that the journalists had expressed their intent during a conversation with an Indonesian delegate and staff of the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra at a luncheon.

The Indonesian Embassy's representatives hinted that they would immediately respond to the journalists' wish to visit Vanutua, Neonbasu said, adding that he had visited the three South-Pacific countries in his capacity as a Melanesian figure.
 "My trip to Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, and Fiji is also a gift for the publication of my book titled 'The Image of Cultured People: A Monograph of Timor in Melanesian Perspective.' This book is published by Antara," he remarked.
 Neonbasu said although the news coverage of the country's media on human rights issues in Papua had a tendency to oppose Indonesia by favoring the Free Papua Movement (OPM), he, nonetheless, had got ample opportunities during his visit to interview several people from the print media as well as radio and television stations in Vanuatu.
 Neonbasu said he had an interesting discussion with people from Vanuatu's media outlets following the interviews. A different way of viewing the Papuan issue was found in Fiji. The people he had met there generally had an open outlook towards Indonesia.
 Fiji has adopted a wary approach in believing that the black campaigns launched by the OPM were to corner Indonesia on the human rights issues in Papua, he added.
Sumber : Antara

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