Saturday, January 28, 2017

1) Indonesia awaits Aust visit and report

2) Global petition for freedom in West Papua launched in London

3) Govt Targets to Finish Trans Papua by 2018-2019

1) Indonesia awaits Aust visit and report

Indonesia will await the outcome of Australia's investigation into the training material behind this month's defence suspension before making a decision about further cooperation.
It has also called for Australia to ensure the "trespassers" who climbed onto the roof of Indonesia's consulate in Melbourne "immediately" face the law.
Indonesia's Chief of military General Gatot Nurmantyo, joined the country's defence and foreign ministers, as well the head of intelligence at parliament for the closed-door meet that ran for more than six hours on Thursday.
When it was finished, General Nurmantyo told reporters, Australia's chief of army Angus Campbell will come to Indonesia next month to convey the result of their investigation into the material which sparked the Indonesian general's announcement this month that defence cooperation was suspended.
"They (Australia) have apologised and they have evaluated the curriculum and they are investigating," General Nurmantyo said on Thursday.
"Whether or not we continue to cooperate will depend on that."
In a shock-move, General Nurmantyo announced the suspension earlier this month, saying an Indonesian officer discovered the material while on a language training course at a Perth base in Australia late last year.
General Nurmantyo said it poked fun at Indonesia's founding principles - Pancasila - and also suggested its province of Papua should be independent.
Initially it was reported the suspension would apply to all military ties, however, the government later said it was only in relation to language training.
"Australia is one of our most important partners, I think as a close neighbour we need each other," she told reporters after the parliamentary briefing," Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said.
With such a "high intensity relationship" it was no surprise that every now and then there would be "problems".
She said the parliament was also keen to see Australia bring those protesters who "trespassed" on the Indonesian consulate-general in Melbourne this month and displayed a West Papuan flag.
"Why up to now those people haven't been arrested? It has been more than 20 days," Ms Marsudi said.
"(We want Australia) to immediately solve this case and bring this case before the legal process."
Parliamentary member T. B. Hasanuddin asked: "How come they (Australia) have the capability to hunt terrorists so fast, and then when looking just for these two 'bums' they cannot (catch them)?"

2) Global petition for freedom in West Papua launched in London
1:16 am today 
A global petition calling on the United Nations to put West Papua back on its decolonisation list has been launched in Britain.

(L to R) Tim, Tom and Joel from Swim for West Papua, Maria Wenda, Benny Wenda, Rt Hon Andrew Smith MP, Peter Tatchell, Lord Harries. Photo: International Parliamentarians for West Papua
The petition is open to people all around the World up until August, when a team of British swimmers plan to swim it 69 kilometres across Lake Geneva to present it to UN Secretary General António Guterres.
A spokesman for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, Benny Wenda, said the swim would highlight the West Papuan struggle as a humanitarian issue rather than just a Pacific or a Melanesian one.
Along with the Swim for West Papua event, the petition was launched this week by the Free West Papua Campaign.
It calls on the UN to appoint a special representative to investigate the human rights situation in West Papua and for an internationally supervised vote on self determination.
Free West Papua said the aim of the petition was to demonstrate the growing international support for West Papuans to have the opportunity to decide their own future.
It said this would also build on growing diplomatic backing for a supervised vote.
Such a vote was described as being in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolutions 1514 and 1541 [XV].
While Jakarta said human rights problems in Papua are largely confined to the past, indigenous Melanesians of this region have claim there was a slow motion genocide being perpetrated in their homeland by Indonesia.
Meanwhile, Lord Harries of Pentregarth, co-founder of the International Parliamentarians for West Papua, shared a message of support from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu which decried the lack of international media attention on West Papua.
He also commended the Swim Team and called for solidarity with the West Papuan people saying 'we may live in different regions of the world, but we are one family'.
Lord Harries then declared the petition open for signing.

West Papuan people showing their support from inside the prison in Timika for the Global Petition for West Papua. Photo: Benny Wenda

3) Govt Targets to Finish Trans Papua by 2018-2019
Friday, 27 January 2017 | 15:39 WIB

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The government via the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing keeps speeding development project of Trans Papua road and expects to connect all sections by 2018-2019.
“Trans Papua road has a total length of 4,330.07 kilometers. As of 2016-end, it has exceeded 3,851.93 km. It is targeted by 2017-end to add to more or less 3,963.87 km hence by year-end only 366.20 km left,” Public Works Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said in a release in Jakarta, Friday (1/27/2017).
Development of new section for Trans Papua last year, Basuki continued, reached 231.27 km for this year there will be new section addition of 143.55 km. 
One of sections which become the ministry’s focus is the road which connects mountainous area of Wamena-Habema-Kenyam-Mamugu along 278.6 km which is expected to connect this year.
The road existence is highly important to suppress premium cost experienced by people living around Wamena mountain, Papua.
According to plan by the end of January 2017 or early February 2017 the President of Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo will visit the road section.
Papua border road with a total length of 1,098.2 km as of 2016 has been constructed 884.3 km long. Meanwhile by 2017 new road of 8 km will be built hence by the end of 2017, it is expected to exceed 892.3 km.
Minister Basuki said infrastructure construction during the period has given positive impact on increase of Indonesia’s competitiveness in the global arena. Data from Global Competitiveness Index in 2016 reported Indonesia ranked 64th, rising from 2015’s 72nd.
“Not only is to spur economic development in cities, but constructing infrastructure in the border also to reduce gaps. Road construction basically is for [logistics] to be faster, safer and cheaper,” the minister explained.

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