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WEST PAPUA VOWS TO TIGHTEN SUPERVISION OF STUDENTS

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Demonstration activities of citizens in Manokwari, Papua, Monday (8/19/2019) which led to chaos.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Manokwari – The West Papua provincial government has vowed to tighten its supervision on the province’s students currently studying at various universities across Indonesia under the central and regional governments’ scholarship schemes.

“Our students are spread across Indonesia. We want them to be serious in their studies,” Head of the Education Department at the West Papua Provincial Government Barnabas Dowansiba said in Manokwari Thursday. To ensure that the West Papuan students currently studying in Aceh are safe and secure, Dowansiba said he recently visited the province.

“There are some 23 West Papuan students in Aceh. They are the recipients of the central government’s affirmative scholarship program,” he said, adding that he asked them to focus on their studies, and not to be provoked by the situation in West Papua.

However, this year, the Education Department officials could not visit all cities where the students reside due to financial constraints, Dowansiba said.

Next year, budget allocation is expected for a meeting with the students and observing the condition of their dormitories to ensure they finish their studies and return home with their certificates.

He would work with the university authorities to enable the West Papua Education Department’s authorities to receive a progress report on the students’ education, he said.

Groups of Papuan students in Java Island have frequently staged rallies. On August 15, 2019, for instance, the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) and Indonesian People’s Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) staged a rally in Malang city, East Java.

Malang Deputy Mayor Sofyan Edi Jarwoko was caught in the spotlight after native Papuans in the provinces of Papua and West Papua accused him of threatening to send the Papuan students in Malang back home.

However, Jarwoko had not made any statement containing a threat to the Papuan students.

Instead, he had just responded to local journalists’ queries on whether he would opt to send the Papuan students home as had been done in 2016.

Jarwoko was quoted by Kompas TV as saying August 21 that he had never made any such statement.

He just said that returning the Papuan students was an option, but the impact of their rally needed to be assessed further before coming up with the option. (tyb)

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INDONESIAN TROOPS WILL REMAIN IN PAPUA : DEFENSE MINISTER

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Indonesian Defense Minister, Ryamizard Ryacudu.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Magelang – Defending the presence of Indonesia’s military (TNI) and the police personnel in Papua, Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said they will not be withdrawn from the province because armed Papuan separatists continue firing at security forces. “I have repeatedly stated that the TNI and National Police will not be withdrawn from Papua because, once, they are pulled out, Papua will secede,” he told journalists after speaking at a seminar on a state defense strategy for young Indonesians here Thursday (19/9/2019).

Commenting on an exchange of fire that occurred in Olenki Village, Mabugi Subdistrict, Puncak District, on September 17 and killed three civilians, he said Papua’s problems should be resolved properly, and they are merely related to social welfare.

“So, we need to sit together. Let us sit and think about how to resolve the problems,” the former army chief of staff said.

In connection with the firing in Olenki village between Indonesian troops and brutal armed Papuan separatists, Puncak District Head Willem Wandik said Wednesday that the armed rebels often use villagers as human shields.

Three civilians were killed and four others sustained injuries in the firing. The wounded had been evacuated to Timika’s public hospital while the dead would immediately be buried, he said.

To avoid civilian casualties in the future, he appealed to the TNI and police to carry out a persuasive approach which would compel the rebels to surrender and stop attacking security personnel and civilians.

Willem Wandik also urged all parties to maintain peace and end the conflict that could be used by others for their political ends.

Meanwhile, Spokesman of the XVII/Cenderawasih Regional Military Command Lt. Col. Eko Daryanto confirmed that there had been civilian casualties and expressed his condolences.

XVII/Cenderawasih Regional Military Commander Major General Herman Asaribab would coordinate with the Papua police chief in setting up a joint team to investigate the incident, he said.

Herman Asaribab would also conduct a comprehensive evaluation on how the operation to hunt down the armed rebels is to be carried out so that further civilian casualties are avoided, he said. (INE). (syh)

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WIRANTO AWAITS REPORT ON EXCHANGE OF FIRE IN PAPUA

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Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Wiranto.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto said he was awaiting an official report on the recent exchange of fire between the Indonesian security personnel and a group of armed Papuan rebels which led to several casualties among civilians.

“Well, the official report is still awaited,” he said here on Thursday (17/9/2019) in response to a question from journalists on the exchange of fire that broke out in Olenki Village, Mabugi Subdistrict, Puncak District, on (17/9/2019).

Wiranto said he would immediately brief the journalists once he received a comprehensive report on the incident.

In connection with the firing in Olenki village between Indonesian troops and brutal armed Papuan separatists, Puncak District Head, Willem Wandik, said on Wednesday that the armed rebels often use villagers as human shields.

Three civilians were killed and four others sustained injuries in the firing. The wounded had been evacuated to Timika’s public hospital, while those who succumbed to their injuries would immediately be buried, he said.

To avoid civilian casualties in the future, he appealed to the TNI and the police to carry out a persuasive approach, which would compel the rebels to surrender and stop attacking security personnel and civilians.

Willem Wandik also urged all the parties to maintain peace and end the conflict that could be used by others for their political gains.

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu hinted earlier that Indonesia’s military (TNI) and the police personnel in Papua would not be withdrawn from the province because armed Papuan separatists continue firing at security forces.

“I have repeatedly stated that the TNI and the National Police will not be withdrawn from Papua because once they are pulled out, Papua will secede,” he said in Magelang, Central Java.

Spokesman of the XVII/Cenderawasih Regional Military Command, Lt. Col. Eko Daryanto, confirmed that there had been civilian casualties and expressed his condolences.

XVII/Cenderawasih Regional Military Commander, Major General Herman Asaribab, will coordinate with the Papua police chief to set up a joint team to investigate the incident, he said.

Herman Asaribab would also conduct a comprehensive evaluation on how the operation to hunt down the armed rebels is to be carried out so that further civilian casualties are avoided, he said. (zdl)

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PAPUA AN INSEPARABLE PART OF INDONESIA : DEFENSE MINISER

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Defense Minister, Ryamizard Ryacudu.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jayapura – Papua is an inseparable part of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI), Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu emphasized Wednesday. “Papua is an important part that is inseparable from the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia,” Ryacudu said while making his remarks in Babrongko Umandrow Village, Jayapura District, Papua.

Defending a country is required by every religion, according to him.

“Any religion will forbid establishing a state within a state,” Ryamizard stressed.

The minister also reminded that Papua was a legitimate part of the NKRI.

“This is our common duty. As ambassadors of the defense of the country, you are responsible for maintaining the integrity of the NKRI forever. The Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI) and Pancasila are the final price,” the minister remarked.

Pancasila (the Five Principles, the Indonesian State Ideology) becomes a glue of the Indonesian people from Sabang to Papua, from Rote Island to Miangas Island, the minister said.

Pancasila was Indonesia itself, replacing Pancasila means replacing Indonesia, Ryamizard reiterated.

“Pancasila will rise and sink with this country. The destruction of Pancasila is the destruction of the state,” he said.

Therefore, it has become an agreement and a joint task to always maintain and preserve Pancasila as a national identity that must always be reflected in the life of the nation and state.

“Pancasila is a state ideology that is final and must not be negotiable. We must all be proud of Pancasila,” the Minister of Defense said.

Pancasila has united thousands of differences ranging from ethnicity, culture, race and religion.

“This is a miraculous and great ideology. Because of that, there is no reason for all of us not to protect Pancasila,” Ryacudu asserted. (ine)

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