Tuesday, November 14, 2017

1) NZ's Peters asked to help end Papua standoff


2) Unidentified gunmen attack Freeport car, injure one
3) THE SHOOTING OCCURRED AGAIN IN TEMBAGAPURA, A WOUNDED FREEPORT EMPLOYEE
4) Food Allotment for Papua Hostages Blocked by Armed Group: Police
5) Police Use Persuasive Approach to Face Armed Groups in Papua

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1) NZ's Peters asked to help end Papua standoff

12:04 pm on 14 November 2017 
New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters is being asked to appeal to Jakarta to peacefully negotiate an end a stand off in Papua.

Winston Peters Photo: AFP
The call from West Papua Action in Auckland came amid reports of up to 1300 people being held hostage in two villages near Timika.
Indonesian authorities claimed the people are being held by an armed wing of the Free Papua Movement, but that group has denied this.
The villages were in an area where several shootings had taken place, near the Freeport mine, since August.
The NGO said its main concern was with the build-up of military force in a sensitive area.
It said this could lead to more violence and it wanted Mr Peters to appeal to his Indonesian counterparts because a greater military involvement will only exacerbate an already tense situation.
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2) Unidentified gunmen attack Freeport car, injure one

Nethy Dharma Somba The Jakarta Post
Jayapura | Tue, November 14, 2017 | 06:15 pm
Unidentified gunmen fired at a patrol car owned by PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) in Tembagapura, Mimika regency, Papua, on Tuesday morning, injuring one employee.
The vehicle, which was on its way from Mile 68 to Mile 72, was entering an area near a helipad at Mile 69 at 8:20 a.m. local time when unknown assailants fired three shots at it, said Papua Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. AM Kamal.
One of the bullets went through the car door and injured Freeport Indonesia employee Raden Totok Soedewo in the thigh. Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) personnel on board the vehicle began to open fire, but the attackers fled the scene.
"The victim was immediately brought to Tembagapura Hospital while our personnel stood guard at Mile 69," Kamal said.
At least 11 shootings have occurred in the area around Freeport Indonesia’s mine since Oct. 22, when Brimob officer First. Brig. Berry Pramana Putra was killed in a shootout with unidentified gunmen on Utikini Bridge.
Police subsequently issued its highest security alert in response to the escalating attacks, particularly due to concerns that they might affect preparations for the upcoming elections for governor and seven regents in Papua.
Papua Regional Council speaker Yunus Wonda urged all stakeholders to restore security in the area “through persuasive actions.”
“Don't let such conflicts put civilians at risk,” he said.
Some 1,300 residents of two villages in Tembagapura have also been held against their will for the past two weeks by an unidentified armed group. (ipa)
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3) THE SHOOTING OCCURRED AGAIN IN TEMBAGAPURA, A WOUNDED FREEPORT EMPLOYEE
PAPUA NO. 1 NEWS PORTAL | JUBI
  • Rabu, 15 November 2017 — 01:36

JAYAPURA, JUBI - THE SHOOTINGS OCCURRED IN TEMBAGAPURA DISTRICT, MIMIKA REGENCY, PAPUA, WHICH IS AN AREA OF ​​PT FREEPORT INDONESIA, TUESDAY (11/14/2017). AS A RESULT OF THE SHOOTING, AN EMPLOYEE OF PT FREEPORT INDONESIA WAS INJURED IN THE THIGH.

KABIDHUMAS PAPUA POLICE, KOMBES (POL) A.M. KAMAL SAID THE SHOOTING TOOK PLACE AT MILE 69 AT APPROXIMATELY 08.20 WP.

"AT THAT TIME, MEMBERS OF THE WEST SUMATRA BRIMOB WHO WERE SECONDED TO SECURITY, ESCORTED EMPLOYEES USING TEMBAGAPURA ZONE PATROL VEHICLES FROM MILE 68 TO MILE 72," KOMBES (POL) KAMAL, TUESDAY (11/14/2017).

ACCORDING TO HIM, UPON ARRIVAL AT MILE 69, THE TROUPE WAS FIRED ON THREE TIMES BY THE ALLEGED ARMED GROUP.

"THE GUARDS RESPONDED WITH A BARRAGE OF GUNFIRE, BUT THE GUARD STAYS ON THE ROAD, ABOUT 50 METERS BACK ON FIRE FROM THE FRONT TO THE THIGHS OF ONE OF THE EMPLOYEES," HE SAID.

HE SAID, BRIMOB PERSONNEL RETURNED TO SHOOT BACK, AND THE ESCORT REMAINED UNTIL THE POST 69, RE-FIRED AS REPLY BY MEMBERS OF BRIMOB WHO CARRY OUT PATROLS.

"UNTIL NOW THE SITUATION IS SAFELY UNDER CONTROL, POLICE MOVE, EVACUATE THE VICTIM WHO WAS SHOT BY TEMBAGAPURA HOSPITAL, AND NOW A TEAM MEMBER IS STILL ON ALERT AT MILE MILE 69," HE SAID.

A SERIES OF SHOOTINGS IN TEMBAGAPURA, OCCURRED SINCE LATE OCTOBER 2017.

A NEGOTIATING TEAM WAS FORMED FROM 1 NOVEMBER 2017. THIS TEAM CONSISTS OF THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF PAPUA, MIMIKA REGENCY AND SECURITY APPARATUS (TNI / POLRI).

AFTER THE COORDINATION MEETING ENDED WITH THE FORMATION OF THE MIMIKA REGENT'S NEGOTIATING TEAM, ELTINUS OMALENG THEN SAID THAT THE TEAM WAS TASKED WITH APPROACHING AND NEGOTIATING WITH TPN-PB TO ASK WHAT THEY WANTED.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THE NEGOTIATION TO STOP THE SHOOTING. THIS TEAM CONSISTS OF CHURCH LEADERS, COMMUNITY LEADERS AND MOTHERS.

PAPUA GOVERNOR LUKAS ENEMBE SAID THAT WHAT THE TPN-PB REQUIRES IS RECOGNITION OF PAPUAN INDEPENDENCE, IT CAN NOT BE NEGOTIATED WITH THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT. BECAUSE IT IS A STATE MATTER.

SPOKESPERSON FOR NATIONAL POLICE HEADQUARTERS SETYO WASISTO SAID THAT UNTIL NOW TNI-POLRI IN TEMBAGAPURA AREA IS HARD TO FIND WHO HOLDS AUTHORITY IN TPN-PB.

"BECAUSE THE NEGOTIATIONS MUST BE THE SAME WHO HAS THE AUTHORITY," SAID SETYO QUOTED BY KBR. (*)


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TUESDAY, 14 NOVEMBER, 2017 | 21:50 WIB
4) Food Allotment for Papua Hostages Blocked by Armed Group: Police
TEMPO.COJakarta - 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
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TUESDAY, 14 NOVEMBER, 2017 | 17:40 WIB
5) Police Use Persuasive Approach to Face Armed Groups in Papua

TEMPO.COJakarta - 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.
ANDITA RAHMAN
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