Thursday, September 17, 2015

1) ULMWP Challenges Peter O’Neill to Negotiate Justly for West Papua.

2) YWPG Congratulates PM on West Papua Stand
3) Indonesians Taken Hostage, PNG Add Troops In Rescue Attempt
1) ULMWP Challenges Peter O’Neill to Negotiate Justly for West Papua.
Jayapura, Jubi – The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) looks forward to a positive progress from the recent Pacific Forum leaders’ decision on West Papua, with much hope in the current chair of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) PNG Prime Minister, Peter O’Neil.
ULMWP says it sees only two possible outcomes and that either Indonesia refuses the request of our Pacific leaders, or they agree to begin a difficult process that includes terms and condition for the fact finding mission.
ULMWP Spokesperson, Mr Benny Wenda said Prime Minister Peter O’Neill plays a vital role as chair of the forum and must begin negotiations with Indonesia for a fact finding mission.
“PNG has a lot of bilateral, economic and trade interests with Indonesia, and it must not confuse its position as per the leaders’ decision…PNG has a moral responsibility to seeking a just resolution on behalf of our leaders and people of the Pacific,” said Wenda on Thursday (17/9/2015).
He stressed the importance of having a just and independent fact finding mission, with the hopes that a similar fact finding mission that was undertaken by the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) leaders PIFs can learn from those mistakes to ensure they are not  repeated.
“We hope that the mission includes independent candidates from all sectors of society.”
Wenda said ULMWP welcomes the outcomes of the 46th Pacific Island Leaders forum, but has cautioned Pacific leaders to ensure a fact finding mission takes place.
“Solidarity support from the Pacific and globally have heard the cries from West Papua, and we thank our people who continue to support us. We appeal to our people to continue to hold their respective governments to account and lobby our leaders to support our quest for an independent fact finding mission, and also at the United Nations to be listed on the decolonization list and for the UN to appoint a Special Envoy for West Papua.”
Meanwhile, the General Secretary of ULMWP, Octovianus Mote said it is the will of our Pacific people that have brought the issue of West Papua before our Pacific leaders and all gratitude goes to the voices of our people.
“The ULMWP would like to thank the government and people of the Solomon Islands for championing the issue of West Papua at the forum, especially the Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare and the Special Envoy on West Papua, Mr Mathew Wale…we also thank the Tongan Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva for demonstrating true Pacific solidarity by speaking up for West Papua,” said Mote.
“Looking back at previous Leaders commitments on the West Papua issue and the current support from the Solomon Islands and Tonga, this PIF decision is historical in driving the agenda forward.”
Mote said the next step is the United Nations and he appeals to all leaders in the Pacific to support the quest of the Solomon Islands Government. (Victor Mambor)


2) YWPG Congratulates PM on West Papua Stand

Jayapura, Jubi – Young Women’s Parliamentary Group (YWPG) congratulates the Honourable Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on his stand for West Papua’s human rights and sovereignty issues.
YWPG in their press release, Thursday (17/9/2015) is pleased that the Hon. PM has made a firm stand on West Papua’s plight for freedom and desire to be a sovereign nation as other Pacific Islands nations. The Group is also pleased that PM Sogavare has appointed a diplomatic envoy to West Papua Hon. Matthew Wale and congratulates Hon. Wale on his new appointment. YWPG is grateful that Solomon Islands Government and leaders now recognize the struggle of West Papuans.
The group understands that Solomon Islands as a nation is now standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Vanuatu and Samoa to support West Papua in its struggle.
YWPG has been a strong supporter of ending the violence done against the people of West Papua, and members within the group have been actively involved in pushing for Solomon Islands to stand with West Papua as a Melanesian nation.
In its support, YWPG marched to start its “Free West Papua” campaign early this year during the International Women’s Day on Tuesday 10th March 2015.
YWPG’s campaign was based on ending human rights violations against West Papuans, themed “Stop the Violence. Make it happen.”
YWPG applauds champion politicians such as Hon. Derrick Manu’ari, and now the Hon. Matthew Wale and PM Sogavare for bringing the concerns of West Papua’s struggle into the government’s diplomatic circle.
On this note, YWPG also applauds both civic and church leaders, groups such as Solomon Islands in Solidarity for West Papua, and the countless citizens who have made West Papua a household name in Solomon Islands. (*)


THURSDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER, 2015 | 12:46 WIB
3) Indonesians Taken Hostage, PNG Add Troops In Rescue Attempt
TEMPO.COJakarta - Papua New Guinea government to increase the number of troops in an attempt to free two Indonesian nationals were held hostage Free Papua Organization, Indonesian officials said Thursday, September 17.
"Papua New Guinea are working hard to help release of hostages. The office of Prime Minister stated there are additional forces for the release attempt,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi at the Palace Complex, Thursday.
Retno asserts Indonesia will continue to coordinate and cooperate with the government of Papua New Guinea so that the two Indonesian citizens could soon be freed. Indonesia, Retno said, can not enter and be directly involved because the location is in Papua New Guinea.
“We cannot send our forces into the territory of Papua New Guinea," she said.
Regarding the condition of two Indonesians, Retno assured that they are still alive. The government, said Retno, continued to communicate intensively with the Papua New Guinea team on the field.
Two citizens of Indonesia, Sudirman and Badar, who worked as lumberjacks in Skofro, Keerom district, Papua, which borders with Papua New Guinea, were taken hostage by the Free Papua Movement (OPM). They were taken hostage after the group attacked and shot residents.
Both were then taken to Skouwtiau, Vanimo, Papua New Guinea. Because the location of the hostage is no longer in Indonesia, the Indonesian Military Area Command contacted the Consulate General of Indonesia in Vanimo to ask help from the Regent of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea and the army in order to liberate the two citizens who were taken hostage.

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