Saturday, January 26, 2013

1) Police Say Hundreds of OPM Members Surrender, But Doubts Linger

1) Police Say Hundreds of OPM Members Surrender, But Doubts Linger

2) Hundreds of papua separatists change allegiance

3) Former separatists hand over weapons


1) Police Say Hundreds of OPM Members Surrender, But Doubts Linger
Banjir Ambarita & Camelia Pasandaran | January 26, 2013

Jayapura/Jakarta. Indonesian authorities have announced the surrender of more than 200 members of the Free Papua Organization (OPM), but human rights activists aired doubts about the claim.

The guerrillas, totaling 212, were said to have been fighting in Wutung, the border between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea under the command of Daniel Kogoya, who has reportedly claimed responsibility for several spouts of violence and shooting incidents in the restive region. 

Kogoya was arrested in September 2012 with two other members of the OPM, Sony Kosay and Petrus Kosay, after they tried to escape during an ambush. 

The 212 men along with Kogoya appeared at the Muara Tami district office in Jayapura on Friday, turned over their weapons and pledged their allegiance to the Republic of Indonesia in the presence of members of the media and military and police leaders, including Papua Military Commander Maj. Gen. Christian Zebua, Deputy Police Chief Brig. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw and Papua government secretary Elia Loupatty. 

“Indonesia is open to all of its citizens who have been in the opposition, as long as they return sincerely and stop carrying out illegal activities,” Christian said. “If some of your friends dislike your decision to rejoin Indonesia, our soldiers are ready to protect you.”

Paulus said surrendering was the best solution to solve differences, rather than continuing to ask for independence. 

“This is the time to build communications to create good relations in Papua. Let's build this land, we're ready to serve you who have seen the error of your ways, the government is sure to pay attention [to you],” Paulus said. “There is no use to keep on fighting for something that is uncertain. Special autonomy is a certainty that will benefit Papua's people.”

Daniel said he decided to rejoin Indonesia because he saw two Papuan natives rise to become law enforcement leaders — Inf. Col. Joppye Onesimus Wayangkau, who serves as Jayapura Military Resort Commander, and Papua Deputy Police Chief Brig. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw. 

“They're among our successful children, and we don't want to wage war against our own brothers,” Daniel said as quoted by “We will work together to build Papua.”

He also apologized for the actions of his troops that victimized ordinary people. 

Papuan human rights activist Markus Haluk, however, doubted the surrender, saying that most of those who claimed to be OPM members were actually refugees who had been living in Papua New Guinea. He also said that Daniel did not fight in the border areas, but in Papua's central mountainous area. 

“This was fabricated by certain institutions to create an impression that Papua is now peaceful as the OPM members have rejoined Indonesia,” Markus told the Jakarta Globe on Saturday. “Thousands of Papuans have sought refuge in Papua New Guinea and they lived near the border. They're not members [of OPM], only refugees.”

Markus said even if it was true that these rebels rejoined Indonesia, it would not solve the problem of rampant human rights violations.

“The issue isn't whether they surrender or not; the government should address the root of the violence, marginalization and discrimination,” he said. “That [surrender] does not solve anything."


2) Hundreds of papua separatists change allegiance

Sat, January 26 2013 08:45 | 108 Views
Jayapura (ANTARA News) - At least 212 members of the Papua separatist, OPM, have pledged to forgo the idea of establishing a free Papua state saying they want to be part of Indonesia. 

The group leader Daniel Kogoya made the statement pledging allegiance to the Indonesian unitary state in front of the chief of the Cenderawasih Military Command Maj. Gen. Christian Zebua, and regional authorities at Skouw, a town in the border area with Papua New Guinea yesterday. 

Marking his move, Daniel Kogoya, who claimed to be one of OPM chiefs, handed over three weapons he had used as separatist fighter.

General Christian Zebua said he hopes more OPM members hiding mainly in the border areas would follow the lead by Daniel to develop Papua.

"Let us work together to develop Papua . We will welcome any OPM members wanting to join the unitary state," he said. 

Deputy chief of the Papua police Brig. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw Daniel and other members of the group could ask other OPM members still in the jungle to give up their separatist idea.

"Ask them still in the jungle to work together to develop Papua for the welfare of the people of the region," Paulus said. 

The former members of OPM are expected to be able to associates with the local people both Papuans and non Papuan people. 

Editor: Aditia Maruli

3) Former separatists hand over weapons

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A group that had crossed the Papuan border to join the Free Papua Movement (OPM) led by Daniel Kogoya in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have handed over three firearms to the Cenderawasih Military Command chief Maj. Gen. Christian Sebua at the Muara Tami district office in Jayapura.

The former separatists, who had lived along the borders between Indonesia and PNG, handed over an FN pistol and two double-barrelled shotguns, Cenderawasih spokesman Col. Jansen Simanjuntak told The Jakarta Post over the phone.

In addition to handing over the firearms, the group of 212 people had declared their loyalty to Indonesia and would return to Papua.

“Firearms handovers and allegiance statements have been made before and will continue,” he said.

He quoted Sebua as saying that anyone who wanted to return to Indonesia would be welcomed with open arms.

“The return of the border-crossers was made voluntarily without any promises. They realized that it is better to stay within Indonesia as the opponents have failed to make good on their promises while those staying within Indonesia have enjoyed development and progress,” Jansen said.

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