Jakarta, Jubi/Antara – Indonesian Parliament’s Commission I Chairman Mahfudz Siddiq warned separatism is more threatened to the sovereignty of Indonesia than terrorism.
According to him to reporters in Jakarta on Wednesday, “Terrorists do not a system that could interfere the sovereignty of the Republic of Indonesia but the separatists use every means to interfere the country.”
He also cited his concern when joined the Commission I to visit Aceh and meet with local stakeholders. “The local stakeholders started to get used to refer the terminology of ‘our government’ and ‘Indonesian Government’,” he said. This terminology would be popular among citizens and would grow the separatism.
“Secondly, Papuan issues including the issue on Freeport’s contract extension and others. I think the government should be careful because the United State has an interest trough the existence of Freeport,” he said,
Further, along with Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji and Solomon Island, they exploited the Melanesian issue. “They should recognize that Indonesia has the most Melanesian tribes, besides in Papua, they are distributed in Maluku and East Timor,” he said.
Thus, according to him, Indonesia is the Country whose has right to claim as Melanesian. “They want raise a racial sentiment but it shouldn’t be,” he said. (*/rom)
Jayapura, Jubi – As previously reported by national and local media in Papua, the West Papua Liberation Army of Free Papua Movement leader Goliat Tabuni has surrendered to Indonesia with 25 group members.
According to Cenderawasih Regional Military Unit Chief Brigadier General Tatang Sulaiman, his statement to surrender and unite to the Republic of Indonesia was revealed by Tabuni’s men to the regional military chief during his visit to Tingginambut.
The Indonesian Army Chief General Gator Nurmantyo firmly confirmed Tabuni’s statement. In this reconciliation, General Tabuni had several requests to the Indonesian Army, namely asking for highland custom house ‘Honai’ and Indonesian District Military Command Headquarter.
“We will try to fulfill his request to build a honai, but we must consider it first for District Military Command Headquarter,” General Gatot Nurmantyo on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 in Jakarta.
However, a day after both military chiefs’ statement was made, as reported by Antara News Agency, the Regional Military Commander Major General Fransen Siahaan declined it.
“Until now Goliat Tabuni has not made statement to come and unite to Indonesia, it is not like the media coverage,” Major General Siahaan tod reporters in Jayapura on Wednesday (25/3/2015). He said those who made the statement were Tabuni’s men.
When visited Tingginambut, Cenderawasih Regional Military Unit Chief was with Cenderawasih Regional Military Intelligent Assistant Colonel Infantry Ginting. “There was a confirmation from local people and Tingginambut Sub-district Chief as well as Puncak Jaya Regent to say 23 Tabuni’s groups members will surrender at that time,” he said.
According to him, the 23 Tabuni’s men are currently in Tingginambut and blend with the local people. He then expected Goliat Tabuni have the same will. When asked about Tabuni’s strength, he said the armed group has about 40 fire arms of various types. (Victor Mambor/rom)
Jayapura, Jubi – The Indonesian President Joko Widodo is willing to meet and talk to Free Papua Movement, including with Goliat Tabuni who earlier reportedly surrender by press.
“President Joko Widodo is planning to visit Papua, in particular Puncak Jaya. He is planning to meet with a number of community as well as customary leaders out there,” Cenderawasih XVII Regional Military Commander Major General Fransen Siahaan on Wednesday (25/3/2015) in Jayapura as quoted by antaranews.com.
According to him, the President Joko Widodo has scheduled his visit to Mulia, Puncak Jaya Regency in the early of May 2015. Based on the information received, he added the president want to meet and talk to the Free Papua Movement, including group’s leader Goliat Tabuni. “It would possibly Goliat Tabuni will come to surrender and talk during the president’s visit,” the Commander Siahaan said.
On Tuesday (24/3/2015), Goliat Tabuni with his 23 men were reported surrender by both national and local media, but a day after (25/3/2015), the Cenderawasih XVII Military Commander denied it. He said Goliat Tabuni as leader of an armed group supporting the Free Papua Movement has not yet come down to unite with the Republic of Indonesia.
“Until now Goliat Tabuni has not made a statement yet to unite with Indonesia,” Major General Siahaan told reporters in Jayapura. According to him those who stated their commitment to Indonesia are his men.(Victor Mambor)
4) West Papua: PNG prime minister calls on Indonesia to fulfil former president's promise to reduce troops
Papua New Guinean prime minister Peter O'Neill has called on Indonesia to fulfil the promise of its former president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, to reduce troops stationed in West Papua.
Mr O'Neill told Radio Australia's Pacific Beatprogram that Mr Yudhoyono had discussed this intention with him during a bilateral meeting when the PNG prime minister was in Indonesia for a state visit.
He said he hoped current president Joko Widodo would keep the former leader's promise.
"We will try and hold the Indonesian government to that, to make sure that the current government also has the same view about a reduction of presence of military on the island, and of course more autonomy for the people of West Papua," Mr O'Neill said.
He said there were no specific details discussed at the meeting with Mr Yudhoyono on the number of troops to be withdrawn.
Mr O'Neill said he wanted to take a diplomatic approach to the issue of the future of West Papua, the mainly Melanesian and Christian western half of New Guinea Island.
"We all need to have a very cordial relationship with Indonesia and we will continue to maintain that," he said.
"But that does not mean we will not keep quiet about the abuses that are taking place.
"I'm certain that Indonesia as a member of the international community will do the right thing, they've committed to us."
Dr Richard Chauvel from the University of Melbourne's Asia Institute said he had never heard such forceful language from a PNG leader when talking about the Indonesian province.
"Peter O'Neill's directness of laying the responsibility on the Joko Widodo government to fulfil Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono commitments ... The frankness of that was remarkable," he said.
"The language he has used in terms of identifying West Papuans as 'our people', the other side of the border as 'our fellow Papuans', I think that is a remarkable change from the statements of any of his predecessors."
The West Papua expert also said Mr O'Neill's statement had the potential to embarrass the Indonesian government.
"But he was also very cautious in the way that he linked the statement to the more effective implementation of autonomy for West Papua and also Indonesia's responsibility as a member of the international community," he said.
Mr Chauvel said Indonesia's version of the meeting with Mr O'Neill, however, was "starkly different".