4) Food Allotment for Papua Hostages Blocked by Armed Group: Police
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The police claimed that they had sent two containers of food to the people who are being held hostage at Kimbely and Banti villages, Mimika Regency, Papua.
However, the effort to send aids was hampered by armed groups, National Police spokesperson Insp. Gen. Setyo Wasisto said. Setyo added that access roads to the villages have been blocked by the armed groups.
“The government sent two containers of food. It turns out the people cannot access the aids,” Setyo said at his office on Tuesday, November 14.
Setyo hopes the armed groups would let the aids to reach the villagers. He revealed that among the hostages are women and children. “Several days ago, there was a pregnant woman who needed extra food and milk.”
In addition to sending logistics assistance, Setyo revealed that the National Police had tried to establish communication with the armed groups, which was later rejected. “We had sent a radio to them, but they refused it,” he said.
To this date, the authorities are still in negotiations with the armed groups. The National Police has also named 21 suspects included in a wanted list for committing terror acts in Tembagapura, Papua. The suspects are still at large.
Human Rights lawyer Veronica Koman dismissed the information saying that the people at the two Papua's villages were being held as hostages. Veronica claimed that the police has manipulated the information by saying that 1,300 people at Kimbely and Banti villages were intimidated. She also alleged that the police had manipulated facts related to the situation. ANDITA RAHMA
5) Police Use Persuasive Approach to Face Armed Groups in Papua
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The National Police continue to use persuasive approach to face armed groups in Mimika, Papua. The negotiation process is carried out through religious and local figureheads who have family relations with the groups.
Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Setyo Wasisto said on November 14 that police are avoiding shootouts with the rebel groups. He denied that police were afraid of facing the groups who held 1,300 civilians hostage in Kimbely and Banti villages in Papua. Setyo said that police are looking for the best way to avoid casualties.
As of now, the military and police in Mimika could yet contact the leader of the armed groups. They could not confirm how long the negotiation process would take.
The armed groups have held civilians, including employees of mining company PT Freeport Indonesia, for two weeks. Hostages in the two Papua's villages are not allowed leave the area but they may continue their daily activities.