Wednesday, July 5, 2017

1) Freeport Contract Extension yet to be Decided: Official


2)  ‘Breaking arrow’ ritual ends Puncak Jaya election conflict
3) Plane with 5 aboard reported missing in Indonesia’s Papua
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WEDNESDAY, 05 JULY, 2017 | 08:52 WIB
1) Freeport Contract Extension yet to be Decided: Official

                                                           Freeport mining site. ANTARA/Muhammad Adimaja
TEMPO.COJakarta - Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry special staff Hadi M. Djuraid said that the government has yet to make any decision on PT Freeport Indonesia’s contract extension.
According to him, a coordinated meeting held yesterday at the Finance Ministry building did not specifically discuss PT Freeport Indonesia contract extension.
Hadi explained that the main topics being discussed were divestment and investment guarantee.
The statement was made to clarify the news titled “Indonesia Extends Freeport Operation Permit” published on Tempo.co yesterday.
Hadi stressed that PT Freeport Indonesia operating permit has not been extended to 2041 as written on Tempo.co by quoting the statement issued by Fajar Harry Sampurno, Deputy for Mining, Strategic Industry and Media of State-Owned Enterprise Ministry, one of the attendees of the meeting.
According to Hadi, the Energy Ministry did not approve of Freeport operating permit. The contract extension is currently being discussed by the government and the mining company and no decision has been made.
In accordance with the applicable laws and regulations, the contract may be extended twice, for periods of ten years maximum, with the following requirements: to build a smelter and to divest 51 percent of shares. "In addition, it has to meet other requirements in relation to corporate performance, environmental issues and post-mining guarantee," Hadi said.
Hadi added that the implementation of the requirements is still being discussed by the government and Freeport.
Earlier, Fajar Harry Sampurno, Deputy for Mining, Strategic Industry and Media of State-Owned Enterprise Ministry, said that yesterday’s coordinated meeting discussed four issues: Freeports operating permit extension, smelter construction, divestment and investment stability.
 
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2)  ‘Breaking arrow’ ritual ends Puncak Jaya election conflict

Jakarta | Tue, July 4, 2017 | 09:55 pm


Opposing parties of the Puncak Jaya regional elections have agreed to end a conflict in the region, marked by a "breaking arrow" ritual performed by representatives of the three candidates' respective supporters.
The ritual was organized in Mulia city, witnessed directly by Puncak Jaya Regent Henok Ibo, Puncak Jaya Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Marthen Hutabarat, Regional Military Command commander Lt. Col. Inf. Hindratno Devidanto, local house speaker Mendi Wonorengga and Rev. Dainus Game, among other local figures.
In addition to the ritual carried out by representatives Erenias Kogoya, Matius Kiwo, Yeki Telenggen and Kire Wonda, all parties also agreed to prohibit the possession of arrows and machetes in the city to minimize the potential for future conflicts.
“We will seize arrows and machetes from anyone coming into the city,” Henok Ibo said.
Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar had deployed two mobile brigade units and 200 security personnel as additional reinforcement to maintain order in the region.
The conflict has so far claimed one life, injured dozens and destroyed 21 houses and eight motorcycles.
The conflict started following the election victory of Yuni Wonda and Deinas Geley on June 15. They had won the vote in six districts over the then incumbent pair of Henok Ibo and Rinus Telenggen and the pair of Yustus Wonda and Kirenius Telenggen. (dic)


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3) Plane with 5 aboard reported missing in Indonesia’s Papua

 By Associated Press PUBLISHED: 18:02 +10:00, 5 July 2017 | UPDATED: 18:02 +10:00, 5 July 2017 

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - A small plane with five people on board has gone missing in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua.
Melkianus Kutta, head of the local search and rescue agency, said the aircraft from PT Associated Mission Aviation went missing on a short flight from Wamena, 
the capital of the mountainous district of Jayawijaya, to Derakma in neighboring Nduga district.
He said the Pilatus Porter PC-6 took off at 11:00 a.m. (0400 GMT) and lost contact minutes before it was scheduled to land at around 11:25 (0425 GMT).
On board the aircraft were two pilots, one Indonesian and one from the Netherlands, along with three Indonesian passengers.
Flying is one of the main transportation means in the mountainous and jungle clad easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua.
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