1) Minister praises Indonesian diplomat's strong stance on Papua issue
Marguerite Afra Sapiie The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Thu, October 6 2016| 06:57 am
Minister has applauded Indonesian diplomat's strong response to the allegations of human rights violations in Papua and West Papua conveyed during a recent UN General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York.
Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto asserted that a counter argument was necessary since six Pacific Island heads of state, who conveyed their allegations, did not deliver the whole truth in their statements.
"We should trust ourselves and believe that the government has done the best we can to develop Papua like any other region in the country," Wiranto said on Wednesday.
He further asserted that the government was committed to settle all allegations of past human rights abuses, both in Papua and across the country, as it was the promise of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's administration.
The government will soon reveal which abuse cases were considered human rights violations and which were not and explain all measures necessary to resolve the cases, Wiranto added.
During the recent UNGA session in New York, Nara Masista Rakhmatia, the second secretary of Indonesia’s Permanent Mission to the UN, referred to speeches made by the heads of state of the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and Tonga as "interference” and said they aimed to encourage separatism of the two provinces. (ben)
2) National scene: Papua is non-negotiable: Minister
Jakarta | Thu, October 6 2016 | 07:59 am
Papua’s place in Indonesia is not up for negotiation, a minister has said in response to allegations of human rights violations conveyed during a recent UN General Assembly (UNGA) session.
“In diplomacy, several things are negotiable, but some others cannot be negotiated. When it comes to the issue of support for separatism, I think not only diplomats, but all of us, know that this is a point where we should stop,” Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi told journalists.
The minister was responding to criticism of Indonesia’s strong response to six Pacific Island heads of state who conveyed allegations of human rights violations in Papua and West Papua provinces during the recent UNGA in New York.
Retno asserted that Indonesia strongly upheld the principles of the UN Charter, which include non-interference and respecting other nations’ sovereignty. At the same time, she continued, Indonesia was committed to maintaining friendly relations with all countries.
“We will never act with hostility toward other countries and will continue to engage with them, but, again, when it comes to the issue of sovereignty and non-interference, once those [principles] are violated, that’s where we will stop [negotiating],” Retno said.
Nara Masista Rakhmatia, the second secretary at Indonesia’s permanent mission to the UN, called speeches made by the heads of state of the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and Tonga “interference” and said they aimed to encourage separatism in the two provinces.
The reported failure of Papua’s special autonomy has led to a rise of support for Papuan independence movements around the globe, particularly from Pacific nations.