Tuesday, September 16, 2014

1) Delegates confirm attendance at West Papua conference

1) Delegates confirm attendance at West Papua conference
2) Police Will Not Deploy Team to Investigate Freeport Mine Collapse



1) Delegates confirm attendance at West Papua conference

Updated at 8:31 pm on 16 September 2014

Over 80 delegates from West Papua and other countries are expected to converge on Port Vila at the start of next month to attend the West Papua Conference.
The Chairman of the committee organising the October 1-4 conference, Pastor Allan Nafuki says he has received confirmation that a strong delegation from the Pacific Council of Churches and World Council of Churches will attend.
The Chairman also calls on the people of Vanuatu to stand as one to show the world that Vanuatu, a Melanesian sovereign state, cares for its fellow Melanesians in Indonesia's Papua region.
Vanuatu's government, led by Joe Natuman, offered to host the West Papua Unification Conference so that a range of pro-independence groups can apply under a unified umbrella for West Papua to become a member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
In another development, the Secretary General of the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation, Rex Rumakiek has been appointed Acting Chairman of the Coalition.
Mr Rumakiek is succeeding the late Dr John Otto Ondawame who passed away and was buried in Port Vila last week.
TUESDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER, 2014 | 18:50 WIB
2) Police Will Not Deploy Team to Investigate Freeport Mine Collapse
TEMPO.COJakarta – The Papua Police said they would not deploy an investigation team to probe the recent death of Bobby Hermawan, 33, a Freeport employee who was buried when the West Muck Bay underground mine at Grasberg Block Cave of PT Freeport Indonesia collapsed on Friday.
“We will not dispatch our investigation team directly because the incident happened in an underground mine. We cannot yet identify the cause of the mine collapse,” said Sr. Comr. Sulistyo Pudjo Hartono, the Papua Police public relations chief, on Monday, September 15, 2014.
Sulistyo added the Papua Police, however, would assist a team assigned by the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry in investigating the cause of the collapse. “We will help when the team arrives in Papua,” he said.
Sulistyo explained PT Freeport had formed a joint team to rescue those who were still buried in the mine. “There is a team from Freeport with high-tech equipment that is tasked to rescue the victims. We only have the authority to keep the mine secure,” he said.
The mine collapsed on Friday, September 12, 2014 at around 11.30 p.m. local time, burying Freeport employee Bobby Hermawan, whose body has been flown to his hometown of Garut, West Java. 

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