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)