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PNG, Indonesia Urged to Reveal Group Behind Hostage-Taking

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Yogyakarta, Jubi – The vice chairman of the Advisory Council of the Union Council of Churches in Indonesia (PGI), Rev. Karel Phil Erari urged authorities in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Indonesia to reveal the group who took hostage two Indonesians this month.

“PNG must reveal who took hostage, and Indonesia must not cover up who are the two people that were taken hostage and who took hostage,” he told Jubi this week.

He said, the public in Indonesia, especially in Papua already built their own assumption and it seemed that the hostage against the two Indonesian like a drama made intentionally.
“The public had already made their own assumptions and seems like it is a drama created intentionally. As this month Indonesia and PNG are facing on the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) Fact Finding Mission on human rights violations in Papua to support for the Papua issue submitted to the Commission 24 on Decolonization in the United Nations (UN), ” said Rev. Erari, who is also the former chairman of this PGI.

As rumored by media earlier, consul of Indonesia in Vanimo, Elmar Lubis told reporters after the ceremony at the Immigration Office in Skouw-Wutung that the liberation has been started from last week since the hostage incident.
“The priority is the safety of the two suspects. The army PNG conducted the search in the area where the hostages predicted are and started to communicate with us, “he said.

The two Indonesian citizens were reported missing since Wednesday (09/09/2015) then and is suspected to have been held hostage by an unidentified group (OTK) and was finally released by the group on Thursday night (09/17/2015) to the PNG Army in Mount Victoria, Skouwtiau, Bewani district, Sandaun Province, PNG, at around 09:35 (PNG Time Zone)

Two hostages are Ladiri alias Dirma (30) which was previously identified as Sudirman and Badar (29). On Friday morning (18/09/2015) around 10:00 (PNG time), the delivery was done at the headquarters of the Army Vanimo, PNG, which is located about 300 meters from the Consulate General of Indonesia in Vanimo. (Arnold Belau/ Tina)

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WEST PAPUA SOLIDARITY FOR EARTHQUAKE DISASTER IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA

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West Papua visit lacked transparency says Solomons group

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Downtown Jayapura – RNZ / Koroi Hawkins

There should have been more transparency around a government-led delegation’s visit to West Papua last month, a leader of Solomon Islands civil society says.

The Solomon Star reports Development Service Exchange (DSE) spokesperson Jennifer Wate made the comment while rejecting any involvement in the trip.

This is despite DSE chairperson, Inia Barry, being among several from civil society organisations who went along on the visit which was hosted by Indonesia.

Ms Wate said her organisation had found out about the trip the evening before the delegation’s departure for West Papua.

The DSE did not endorse Mr Barry or any of the other civil society representatives who took part in the West Papua visit, she said

Ms Wate maintained her organisation was not aware of any details of the trip or its terms of reference and she called on the Solomon Islands government in the future to formally approach the DSE on matters that required civil sector representation.

Ms Wate also admonished the government for not informing civil society groups in West Papua ahead of their trip. (*)

 

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Refuse dialogue, ULMWP said Acting Governor does not understand Papua

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Benny Wenda – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) firmly refused the offer from the Acting Papua Governor Soedarmo for a dialogue.

“It is the acting governor (Papua) and the Government of Indonesia that disturb the stability of the Papua’s nation. Papuans never asked Indonesia and its military to come to Papua. Indonesia is not aware of the fact it has deprived over the land of Papua and its people,” said Benny Wenda to rebutting the acting governor’s claim that the ULMWP is a group who is responsible to the disturb of political, economic and security stability in Papua.

Wenda confirmed by telephone on Friday (Oxford, Saturday, 5/5/2018) said dialogue is not the goal of ULMWP. The acting governor instead can have the dialogue with church leaders, Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP), Papuan House of Representatives (DPRP) or Non-Governmental Organizations. “He can talk with the Church, MRP, DPRP and NGOs to address the problems that occurred in Papua. ULMWP is fighting for the referendum for the people of Papua. That’s our goal,” he said.

Wenda furthermore said what Papuans asked from Indonesia is not development but political liberation. “The acting governor does not understand the root of the Papuan problem; it is ashamed,” said Wenda.

The Acting Papua Governor Soedarmo earlier claimed to be ready for opening a dialogue with the ULMWP and the West Papua National Committee as well as other groups who keep voicing the struggle for the independence of Papua. “As the acting governor, I am ready for dialogue, but it should do on the basis of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, and how we build Papua in the future,” Soedarmo said in a press release. Moreover, he said the dialogue should not be formal.

“That’s the way I appreciate. I am ready for a dialogue in the cafe, no need to do it at the office,” he added. (*)

Reporter: Victor Mambor

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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