Tuesday, May 20, 2014

1) Indonesia scraps NZ police training programme for Papua

1) Indonesia scraps NZ police training programme for Papua

2) Religious leaders hope  for peaceful Papua

1) Indonesia scraps NZ police training programme for Papua

Updated 21 minutes ago

The New Zealand government has confirmed that its planned community policing training programme in Indonesia's Papua region will not go ahead this year.
The Eastern Indonesia Community Policing Programme had been slated for early 2014.
But New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says Indonesia advised that it is not able to support the project at this time.
The New Zealand Green MP Catherine Delahunty has welcomed the news, saying her country's collaboration with Indonesia's police force, which is linked to abuses in the region, is not helpful to West Papuans.
"The Green Party is pleased the programme is not going ahead because we felt it was a farce and we were very concerned about the view of West Papuans that this was aid that kills. So we won't be wasting NZ$ 6.3 million on a whitewash."
MFAT says the future of the programme will depend on the priorities for development assistance agreed by New Zealand and the incoming Indonesian Government, after elections in Indonesia this year.

2) Religious leaders hope  for peaceful Papua
The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Tue, May 20 2014, 6:28 AM
Religious leaders across the country have expressed their hope that the next president will be able to restore peace and maintain national unity, particularly in Papua.
The leaders were speaking during the Sixth National Conference of the Indonesian Inter-Faith Network (JAII) in Sentani, Jayapura, Papua.
“Unity has been has a feature of the archipelago since long before the nation was established. But along the way, the situation has not been well maintained,” said the deputy of the Communion of Indonesian Churches (PGI), AA Yewangoe, on Monday.
“We see that in villages in remote areas, residents work hand-in-hand, helping each other regardless of their beliefs. In Ambon, Maluku, for instance, some churches were built by Muslims, while on the other hand, Christians have also helped build mosques,” Yewangoe added.
The leaders also hoped that there would be a dialogue between the central government and Papuans to resolve outstanding issues and to restore peace in the province. The conference will continue until Friday.

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