Thursday, July 6, 2017

1) Freeport upbeat it can reach win-win solution with govt


2) Green MP Delahunty calls for NZ action, media focus on West Papua

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1) Freeport upbeat it can reach win-win solution with govt

Viriya P. Singgih The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Thu, July 6, 2017 | 09:59 am

Gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia is upbeat that it can settle its disputes with the government over its future operations in Papua before the deadline of Oct. 10.
Since May, both parties have met once a week to discuss various issues, including the company’s contract extension, smelter development, divestment requirements and investment stability guarantees, said Freeport Indonesia executive vice president Tony Wenas in Jakarta on Wednesday.
Negotiations were temporarily halted due to Idul Fitri. They will begin again presently, he added.
“We just had a short break, but [the negotiations] might restart soon. We’re optimistic we can reach a win-win solution,” Tony said at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry.
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan is also upbeat that a settlement can be reached in the near future.
“We are still discussing issues surrounding taxation, regional contributions and other relevant issues,” Jonan said.
The government has pushed Freeport to convert its contract of work (CoW), signed in 1991, into a special mining license (IUPK), a move that will automatically annul the company’s long-term investment stability guarantee provided in the CoW.
Freeport is also expected to divest 51 percent of its shares to national entities.
At present, American mining giant Freeport-McMoRan owns 90.64 percent of the company, while 9.36 percent is owned by the Indonesian government. (bbn)

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2) Green MP Delahunty calls for NZ action, media focus on West Papua

  


Ashleigh McCaull’s video story. Video: PMC YouTube channel
Final year Bachelor of Communication Studies student journalist Ashleigh McCaull at Auckland University of Technology talks to Green MP Catherine Delahunty about the West Papuan human rights violations and lack of New Zealand political and media interest.
Delahunty calls for stronger action from the NZ government and better coverage of the issue of the Indonesian-ruled Melanesian region from the media.
“If everybody understands the story, then they’re going to show the same solidarity as Pacific nations show for the West Papuan people,” she says.
WARNING: Some viewers may find some scenes in this story distressing.
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