My Lords, the UK remains committed to the territorial integrity of Indonesia. We will do all we can in support of measures to address the widespread poverty in the area in question, and to raise our concerns about human rights abuses wherever they occur. We encourage, along with other international partners, a meaningful dialogue which would be of assistance in finding an acceptable solution.
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lord Howell of Guildford
Source : Lord Hansard
The dynamic security condition in Papua is Indonesia’s internal affairs handled through the implementation of the Special Autonomy and The New Deal Policy for Papua.
Regulation No. 21/2001 regarding Special Autonomy is the legal basis for the Province and the people of Papua to gain wider legitimacy in managing itself and larger responsibility in running governance and exploiting its natural resources for the benefit of the people.
Since 2002, each district in Papua has received Special Autonomy Fund (SAF) managed by the Province of Papua. The West Papua Province has also received SAF since 2008. Total SAF given to the Province of Papua and West Papua up to now has reached Rp. 27 trillions.
Aside of SAF, the Central Gov also provide special fund for governmental institutions in order to support the development in Papua and West Papua.
Given such large amount of funding, income per capita of Papuans are supposed to improve significantly.
Efforts to implement Papua’s Special Automy have been conducted by the Central Goverment and also Provincial Government in forms of, among others:
Several factors that likely influence the development in Papua are, among others:
Nicholaas Jouwe (NJ), a senior Papua separatist movement figure who stayed in the Netherlands since 1961 has visited Jakarta and Papua from 18th to 20th of March 2009. The visit ran as planned and he had the opportunity to meet President of the Republic of Indonesia, Indonesian Minister of Peoples’ Welfare, Indonesia Minister of Fishery and also the Governor of Papua.
After his visit to Indonesia, NJ on April 4, 2009 signed a statement mentioning, among others, his support to the Republic of Indonesia and the willing to assist the development process in Papua through the implementation of the Special Automnomy.
The returning Papuans from abroad, points out the success of development in Papua, improved prosperity of the people and security stabilty in Papua. It also proves that the Papuans did not leave their homes due to security threats as often mentioned and even campaigned by certain rebellious groups in several countries.
Prior the home coming of NJ, Papuans who have returned to Indonesia are Franz Albert Joku and Nick Messet (once are activists of Papua separatist movement in Belgium); Yubel Kareni, Hana Gobay, Yunus Wainggai and Aneke Wainggai of the 43 Assylum Seekers from Australia (end of 2005); and Siti Wainggai, wife of Yunus Wainggai, who returned from Vanuatu.
Security Incidents in the Area of PT. Freeport Indonesia
Several security incidents occurred in the area of Freeport since July 8 to July 22, 2009 and caused 3 (three) casualties in which one of the victims is an Australian, namely Drew Nicholas Grant (Dept. Expert Munical Construction PT. Freeport Indonesia).
Recent investigation by the Indonesian Police has apoointed 7 suspects regarding the shootings. Two of them are employees of Freeport.
It is suspected that the shootings are carried out by certain group to disturb the process of Indonesia’s Presidential Election and also because certain tribe are un-satisfied of the share given by Freeport. There’s also an indication showing social jealousy between the local people and the Freeport employees which may stimulate security threats.
Up to today, the Indonesian Police is still investigating the incident in order to further reveal who conducted the shootings and what the motives are.
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia
to the United Nations
Papua, the easternmost province in Indonesia, has its unique place in multiethnic and multicultural Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago. It has also had a turbulent history within the early history of independent Indonesia.
“Questioning the Unquestionable: An Overview of the Restoration of Papua into the Republic of Indonesia” has been chosen as the title of this publication out of the conviction that a fair, comprehensive and objective assessment of the issues does put to rest attempts to distort the true history or to disrupt its territorial integrity and development of Indonesia. Such schemes achieve nothing but perpetuate the suffering of the Papuans and deny them the full enjoyment of their right to develop as Indonesians. Read more…
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