Monday, November 13, 2017

1) Vanuatu PM raises climate migration and West Papua during audience with Pope Francis

3) Governor: If you ask for independence, negotiate with the state
4) Indonesia to train PNG police in preparation for Apec summit

1) Vanuatu PM raises climate migration and West Papua during audience with Pope Francis
6:34 pm GMT+12, 13/11/2017, Holy See (Vatican City State)

Pacific Leaders have raised their concerns about climate migration during their audience with Pope Francis in Rome on Saturday.
Vanuatu Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai said climate migration is now a reality for Pacific countries greatly impacted by climate change.
“Island States have begun discussions on the options for re-location and re-settlement. We remain cognisant of the fact that re-location and re-settlement will introduce multi-dimensional issues that will need to be addressed. We echo the call of Laudato Si for the acceleration of international conventions that recognise climate refugees so as to ensure basic elements such as legal protection in new states, said PM Salwai.
The Vanuatu leader was referring to Pope Francis second encyclical entitled ‘Laudato Si’ translated ‘On Care for our Common Home’ published in June 2015 which urged the church to acknowledge the urgency of global environment challenges and called for inclusive dialogue to find solutions.
PM Salwai said the ‘Laudato Si’ ‘firmly and unequivocally characterises climate change as a human rights issue – calling for radical and urgent transformation of global politics and individual lifestyles to combat it.’
“Globally, the rise in the number of migrants seeking to escape increasing inequality and poverty brought on by environmental degradation is indeed tragic. In the Pacific region in particular, the issue of climate migration is now a reality.
“Stronger and more decisive global and international politics is essential to tackle the increasingly diverse issues relating to human rights. On a related matter, may I take this opportunity to reflect on an issue close to my heart – that of the alleged violations of human rights in West Papua.
He said the world cannot continue to turn a deaf ear to the long-standing allegations of human rights abuses in West Papua.
In 2016, Pacific Islands Forum Leaders, in recognition of the importance of this issue, agreed that this issue remain on their agenda.
“Holy Father, at its core, Laudato Si urges the recognition of the vulnerable at all levels of society. The issue of West Papua continues to elude a formal international review mechanism because of the political sensitivities surrounding this issue and I must reaffirm the need for stronger and more decisive global politics to address the most critical issues that impact our societies and our people, said PM Salwai.
The Vanuatu leader invited Pope Francis to visit the Pacific and witness first-hand the unique challenges faced by the peoples of the Pacific.
Six Pacific leaders accompanied by other senior government officials and heads of regional organisations were part of the audience with Pope Francis on Saturday.



A West Papuan leader in Vanuatu, Mr Andy Ayamiseba, has publicly on his facebook called for armed resistance in West Papua with pictures of armed West Papuans.
His call, made on Sunday, coincidentally comes on the heels of the stand off between West Papuan freedom fighters and Indonesian forces.
On Friday the Jakarta Post reported that Indonesian authorities and armed separatists were locked in a tense standoff near a huge US-owned Freeport-McMoRan mine in eastern Papua province, in Mimika Regency, with both sides blaming each other for what police claimed was a hostage crisis.
The Freeport-McMoRan’s Grasberg gold and copper mine is one of the biggest in the world.
The Jakarta Post stated that 700 heavily armed Indonesian military personnel encircled two villages near US firm Freeport-McMoRan’s gold and copper mine, where they claimed an armed separatist group linked to the Free Papua Movement (OPM), was keeping 1,300 residents against their will.
This allegation against the armed separatists was later denied.
The Post continued that backers of the group and an official at Indonesia’s human rights body said the gunmen were not holding locals hostage but rather, protecting residents from the police and military.
This area is out-of-bounds to foreign journalists, unless a special permission is issued by the Indonesian Government, so information obtained by the international media is from local authorities or individuals close to where the stand off was taking place.
While Jakarta Post reported 700 armed military personnel, yesterday the news agency, Reuters, through Radio New Zealand, reported that officials on Saturday said about 200 police and military personnel had been deployed in preparation to secure the area by force, if necessary.
The report further stated that on Friday, the OPM-linked group denied occupying villages near the mine, but said it was “at war” with the police, military, and Freeport.
Jakarta Post quoted Natalius Pigai, an official with the National Human Rights Commission, saying that the villagers feared the military and suggested it was waging a public relations campaign to portray the separatists as criminals.
“People are terrified, that’s why (the Free Papua group) are standing the military cannot enter,” he said, adding that many of the gunmen had family members in the villages.
“I assure you there is no hostage situation. It is impossible (they) would hold their own relatives hostage.”
Reuters and Radio New Zealand reported that “a state of emergency has been declared in the area and security stepped up after a string of shootings since August 17 that killed one police officer and wounded six”.

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3) Governor: If you ask for independence, negotiate with the state
Papua No. 1 News Portal | Jubi,
Selasa, 14 November 2017 — 06:05

Armed groups declaring themselves to be the Third National Liberation Army of West Papua (TPN-PB) region III operating around Timika - IS

Jayapura, Jubi - West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-PB) insists that it is only willing to negotiate with the Government of Indonesia, the United States Government and the Orang Asli Papua in the presence of the United Nations.

"If we want to negotiate the negotiation on what should be clear, we want Indonesia to recognize the independence of the Papuan people," said Hendrik Wanmang, TPN-PB Operational Commander III Timika, Monday (13/11/2017).

Previously, a negotiating team was formed from November 1st. 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 negotiating team, the Mimika Regent, Eltinus Omaleng, said that the team was tasked with approaching and negotiating with TPN-PB to ask what they wanted. The most important 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.

"If they ask for independence, negotiations with the state, with the central government, the local government can not negotiate about it, the regional government is the welfare of the people, in this case the people of Papua," explained Governor Enembe on Monday (13/11/2017).

Separately, a spokesman for the National Police Headquarters Setyo Wasisto said that until now the TNI-Polri in Tembagapura is hard to find who holds the authority within TPN-PB.

"Because the negotiations must be the same who has the authority," said Setyo quoted by KBR.

Hendrik Wanmang explained that the Indonesian government has deceived Orang Asli Papua during the 1969 referendum called People's Determination (PEPERA). Not only rigging PEPERA, the Indonesian government has also awarded a gold mine located on Indigenous Papuan land to a US company, Freeport McMoran, which took place two years before PEPERA took place.

In response to these TPN-PB demands, Indonesian Institute of Sciences Researcher (LIPI) Cahyo Pamungkas suggested that the Indonesian government should resolve the conflict in Papua by dialogue with TPN-PB. According to him, during the conflict in Papua settled with weapons, until whenever will not be completed.

"After the dialogue with TPN-PB, a dialogue with the Papuan leaders abroad can be continued.

Cahyo also confirmed what happened in Banti and Kimbeli villages is not hostage. Because the community is free to do activities but can not be guaranteed safety if they want to get out of the two villages because they have to cross the armed conflict path. According to him, the armed group in conflict with the Indonesian security apparatus is not the Armed Kriminal Group (KKB) but is a resistance of a group of Papuans who oppose the power of the Indonesian government and Freeport.

Based on his research, Cahyo justify the armed group is part of the National Liberation Army of West Papua (TPNPB) within the area of ​​Military Command III in Timika. But he admits he does not yet know exactly who the leaders of this group. (*)


4) Indonesia to train PNG police in preparation for Apec summit
Staff Reporter 11/13/2017 

Five Indonesian police officers have arrived to help train members of the Royal PNG police prepare for the 2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting.
These  officers will  provide training in small fire arms and intelligence  sharing with a view to maximising the security arrangement during the Apec summit.

They  will be training PNG police officers at the MacGregor Police Barracks  in Port  Moresby  over  the next  three weeks ending on Dec 2.
Indonesian Ambassador Ronald Manik, when opening the training programme in Port Moresby, said that through this training, the experts  would share their knowledge, skills and experience related to the principle of use of force and firearms, weapon maintenance, including handguns and riffle skills.
Manik said that they were helping  PNG police prepare for security operations upon a request from the constabulary.

“With regards to the dispatch of expert on protocol and security  conference managements, this programme is designed to meet the particular request of PNG for protocol and conference  management since more international conferences  would be held in the year ahead, particularly in hosting the Apec Summit and related meetings in 2018.

“In this regard, protocol and conference management play a key role in the convening of meetings.
“A proper protocol conference management is a key to deliver  appropriate hospitality to foreign delegations  and to ensure visitors’ time spent will be positive and productive.”
Meanwhile, acting deputy police commissioner for operations David Manning has welcomed the Indonesian officers.

“Hosting Apec is not new to our Indonesian friends and we are pleased to be recipients of the shared knowledge, experience, and skills required to host a successful Apec year,” he said. The National

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