1) Papua cannot be built on the basis of conflict: Wiranto
Jumat, 12 Agustus 2016 01:57 WIB | 109 Views
Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto affirmed that the development in Papua cannot be carried out on the basis of conflict.
He hoped that every party involved would willingly lend a hand to realize what has been initiated in the past.
"What has been initiated cannot be completed if conflicts keep getting in the way and causing disruption in peace and security," said the Minister during a meeting with religious, academic and public figures in Jayapura, on Thursday.
He further said President Joko Widodo would like to have a wholehearted dialogue with the citizens of Papua in order to find out their hopes and concerns.
The President has indicated his resolve to develop Papua by visiting the province, which he has done four times.
"We shall build peace in Papua, I believe that it is not hard to ease and tame our hearts," said the Coordinating Minister, while introducing his companions, which included Coordinating Maritime Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, Australias Attorney General George Brandis and the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Paul Gripson.
The two Australian officials were invited to directly observe the situation and conditions of the public in Papua, including ones in the area bordering Indonesia and Papua New Guineas Skouw city.
Wiranto hoped that the Attorney General in particular could find an answer for all the negative reports regarding Papua that have been circulating overseas, as he was able to observe the current conditions for himself.
There are quite a lot of negative reports about Papua, both on security and human rights violations, and Wiranto hoped that with the Australian officials visit to the location would set the record straight.
Both the Coordinating Ministers, along with the two Australian officials, visited the cross-border post construction project in the city of Skouw during their time in Jayapura.(*)
2) Thousands of PNG residents shop at Indonesian markets everyday
Jumat, 12 Agustus 2016 01:29 WIB | 157 Views
Jayapura (ANTARA News) - About 1,000 to 1,500 Papua New Guineans shop at the Skouw market in the Muara Tami sub-district of Jayapura city, Papua province everyday, the Head of Border and Foreign Cooperation Board, Papua province, Suzana D. Wanggai said here on Thursday.
She said the market is located about 300 meters from the neutral zone between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (PNG).
The merchants sell a variety of daily necessities, Suzana noted.
According to her, all people shopping at the market are Papua New Guineans. They come to the Indonesian territory on foot and return to their country on public transport to Wutung, PNG.
Suzana said if the cross border post in Skouw is completed, then the Papua New Guineans can drive their vehicles into Indonesias territory for shopping.
The cross border post is expected to be completed by November.
It is also expected that the post will minimize the smuggling of illegal commodities into Indonesia from PNG, Suzana added.
The land borders between Indonesia and PNG are located in five city/districts, namely Jayapura, Keerom, Pegunungan Bintang, Boven Digoel and Marauke.
The border is 760 kilometers long, extending from Skouw in Jayapura city in the north to the estuary of Bensbach river in Merauke in the south.
The border was established through an agreement between the governments of the Netherlands and the Britain on May 16, 1895.(*)
It's been 50 years since the end of a little known conflict on the island of Borneo between Indonesia and Malaysia.
Australia lost 23 diggers in what was dubbed the Indonesian Confrontation.
The troops fought alongside British and New Zealand soldiers to protect a newly-established Malaysian federation from attacks by Indonesian paratroop and amphibious raids.
The conflict spanned 1963-66.
Then-Indonesian President Sukarno believed the creation of the Malaysian federation, which included Singapore and the Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak, was a British ploy to preserve colonial rule by stealth.
His foreign minister dubbed the conflict "Konfrontasi" or confrontation.
Australia initially tried to stay out of the war because of fears it would spread to other parts of the Indonesian archipelago more difficult to defend, particularly the Papua New Guinea border. PNG was a colony of Australia at the time.
Australia relented in early 1965 and agreed to deploy a battalion to Borneo and also had war ships stationed off the coast.
The top secret nature of cross operations meant the conflict received little coverage in the Australian press.
Confrontation faded away after the October 1965 coup that brought General Suharto to power.
The anniversary will be marked during the Last Post ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra at 4.55pm on Thursday.
4) Freeport Gets Five-Month Permit to Export Indonesian Concentrate
Eko Listiyorini and Yoga Rusmana
August 11, 2016 — 3:21 PM AEST
Freeport can ship 1.4 mln tons concentrates through Jan. 11
Government may revise law that bans shipments from January
Indonesia renewed an export license allowing Freeport-McMoRan Inc. to ship 1.4 million metric tons of concentrate from its Grasberg copper and gold mine through Jan. 11, Marthin Simanungkalit, a director at the Trade Ministry, said in a text message Thursday.
The period is less than the usual six months because Indonesia is set to halt shipments of semi-processed metals including concentrates from Jan. 12. That ban may be postponed in a revision to the 2009 Mining Law, because the collapse in commodity prices has delayed the construction of smelters to refine the materials. Parliament will review the bill later this year.
PT Freeport Indonesia will have to pay a 5 percent tax on the shipments because the construction of a smelter in East Java is only about 14 percent complete, Bambang Gatot Ariyono, director-general of coal and minerals at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, said on Aug. 9. The company missed the groundbreaking target in July as the land was not ready, according to spokesman Riza Pratama.
Pratama said by text message on Thursday that he had no information about future shipment plans. The Grasberg mine in Papua is the world’s largest in terms of copper capacity after Escondida, according to the International Copper Study Group. The company says it has the single biggest gold reserves.
Freeport cut its production forecast for Grasberg, the Phoenix-based company said in statement last month. Output was hampered by repairs to a milling circuit and lower-than-expected mining rates and productivity at the open pit, it said. Freeport expects copper sales volume at Grasberg this year to be 7.1 percent less than forecast in April, while gold sales will be 8.1 percent lower.