Tuesday, May 9, 2017

1) West Papua independence leader seeks Māori backing for self-governance

2) Jokowi to Unveil Border Outpost in Papua
3) President Jokowi to inaugurate three projects in Jayapura

1) West Papua independence leader seeks Māori backing for self-governance
By Mānia Clarke 2:30pm, Tuesday 9 May 2017


West Papuan independence leader, Benny Wenda has returned to Aotearoa to gain support from indigenous Māori and Pacific people as part of a campaign to free his country.  
It's alleged that the Indonesian province has had widespread human rights violations over many decades
The founder of Free West Papua Campaign is hoping his second trip to Aotearoa will result in freedom for his people.
"I want the people New Zealand and the Māori people to back this, support West Papua and bring West Papua back to the Pacific family. Secondly to support West Papua self-determination," said Wenda.
Free West Papua Campaign claim a genocide of over 500,000 indigenous people have been killed by the Indonesian military.
"Since Indonesia occupied our country 1963 and that's the beginning of the bloodshed till today. It's more killing, imprisonment, torture and media restrictions in West Papua."
In 2003 Wenda fled from his homeland to the UK where he has been living as an exiled refugee, following his arrest for campaigning for autonomy.
"People of West Papua are fighting for independence from Indonesia. That's why the Free West Papua campaign is setting up in UK to raise the awareness broadly."
Wenda will address Māori and Pacific Island MPs in parliament tomorrow to present a declaration calling for the independence of West Papua.


TUESDAY, 09 MAY, 2017 | 10:36 WIB
2) Jokowi to Unveil Border Outpost in Papua

TEMPO.COJakarta - President Joko Widodo alias Jokowi is slated to unveil a border outpost in Jayapura, Papua. The event is part of the president’s national tour.
A press statement received by Tempo this morning said that Jokowi will also break ground on the Jayapura gas turbine power plant project with a proposed capacity of 50 MW. Moreover, the president plans to inaugurate Tidore steam-fired power plant with a capacity of 2x7 MW and electricity projects in West Papua and North Maluku.
The president and his entourage will also hand over land titles to locals as part of the government’s land titles program.
On the sidelines of the events, Jokowi will distribute the Indonesia Smart Cards (KIP), Supplemental Food (PMT), Family Development Program (PKH), and Indonesia Health Cards (KIS). The president will be accompanied by the First Lady Iriana, the Education and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy, Health Minister Nila Moeloek, Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa and Presidential Chief of Staff Teten Masduki.

3) President Jokowi to inaugurate three projects in Jayapura
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Jayapura (ANTARA News) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), as part of his work visit to Papua on May 9-10, is scheduled to inaugurate three projects in Jayapura.

The three projects to be inaugurated are the Skouw Border Post, Holtekam Steam Power Plant, and Mama-Mama Market in Percetakan Street, Jayapura.

Military District Commando Commander XVII Cenderawasih Major General Hinsa Siburian informed ANTARA News that apart from inaugurating the three projects, President Jokowi will also hand out the Healthy Indonesia Card, Smart Indonesia Card, Hopeful Family Program assistance, and land certificates.

Meanwhile, in Wamena, President Jokowi will oversee the 47-kilometer-long Wamena-Habema road project by using a car and later a motorbike.

The president will later ride a bike to observe some five kilometers of the remaining stretch of road that is yet to be layered with asphalt, Major General Siburian noted.

Meanwhile, Chief of the National Road Development Large Bureau Area XVIII Papua Oesman Marbun said the road is part of the Wamena-Mumugu main road project that stretches some 284 kilometers.

Following the completion of the project, Marbun expressed hope that the needs of all people would be met through land, as Mumugu will have a port soon. 

"The difficulties faced during the development of the Wamena-Mumugu road are related to geographical barriers, such as extreme weather conditions, which could arise abruptly," Marbun pointed out.

(Reported by Evarukdijati/Uu.Ian/KR-MBR/INE/KR-MBR/KR-BSR/A014)


Indonesia, Freeport start contract talks

Reuters MAY 9, 201710:00AM 
Indonesian authorities have kicked off negotiations with Freeport McMoran Inc over a contract dispute that has prompted the US mining giant to scale down operations in the eastern province of Papua.
Chief executive Richard Adkerson met with mining ministry officials in Jakarta to start talks over a range of disagreements including legal assurances over investments beyond 2021, tax rates, and a government requirement for Freeport to divest a 51 per cent stake in its local operations.
"We have work to do, issues to discuss, but we're all going in this with goodwill and optimism about reaching a win-win situation," Adkerson told reporters after meeting with mining minister Ignasius Jonan and other officials from the central and Papua provincial government.
"For Freeport, the key issue is having assurance about our ability to operate," he added.
Teguh Pamuji, secretary general at the mining ministry, said the negotiations would focus on fiscal certainty, taxes and royalties, divestments, and the development of smelters.
The dispute arose after Indonesia revised its mining rules in January, which brought Freeport's copper concentrate exports to a halt and led to the company scaling back operations and temporarily laying off thousands of workers in the impoverished Papua province.
To comply with the new rules, Freeport and other miners are required to convert their original contracts of work to a special contract. Freeport, which argues this requirement and others violate its existing contract, has threatened arbitration.
But both sides have recently softened their tone, saying instead that arbitration is a last resort.
"So long as we're progressing to (a) ... mutually acceptable resolution, there would be no arbitration," Adkerson said.
Freeport in April was granted an export permit valid until February 2018, allowing it to resume export shipments until at least October 2017, pending further negotiations. The move came after US Vice President Mike Pence visited the Southeast Asian nation.
A Freeport workers’ union started a month-long strike on May 1 aimed at ending the company's layoffs and furlough policy.

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