Greatindonesia.co.id, Papua – Representatives of all tribes in Manokwari District, West Papua Province will issue a peace declaration, Wednesday (4/9/2019) to help restore security following a violent rally protesting alleged racist slurs against Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java.
“We will organize the activity to issue a peace declaration on Wednesday. All elements of the community and all tribes will be involved. To be sure, all state civil apparatuses must be present,” Assistant for Administrative Affairs to the West Papua Provincial Government Musa Kamudi said in Manokwari, Monday (9/9/2019). The provincial government hoped that the peace declaration would expedite the restoration of security in the capital of the West Papua Province, he said.
All businesses in Manokwari which is the center of economic activities in the province were disrupted in the aftermath of the riot in August 19, he said.
“In the past couple of weeks, almost all government services have been affected. Rumors about the demonstration spread so quickly that state and civil apparatuses were reluctant to come to offices for security reasons. With the peace declaration, we hope everything will return to normal,” he said.
Before issuing the peace declaration, the participants will march from Percetakan Street to Borarsi Square at Jenderal Sudirman Street in Manokwari. During the event, some participants will deliver a peace-loving declaration and representatives of five different faiths will recite prayers.
“Residents who have no other activities can be present. We will keep coordinating with the Provincial Police and the Provincial Military Command to discuss the security arrangements during the event,” he said.
In related developments, the government and people of Raja Ampat District in West Papua Province have pledged to preserve security and peace in the district which is a global tourist destination.
The commitment was made at a function marking the declaration of “Raja Ampat Loves Peace” at the yard of the Raja Ampat district head’s office in the district capital of Waisa Monday.
Raja Ampat District Head Abdul Faris Umlati, Regional Secretary Yusf Salim, Chief of the Police Resort Adjunct Senior Commissioner Edy Setianto Erning Wibowo, Chief of the District Military Command 1805 Major A. Y Padang, regional apparatuses, students, and local people were present at the event.
Umlati read out the text of the peace declaration that appealed to the locals to love one another irrespective of their ethnicity and religion; have mutual respect for the district’s residents; offer mutual help to fellow residents, and denounce violent demonstrations in any form that lead to disintegration, vandalism, looting, and violence.
The participants also supported and trusted the government and law enforcement agencies to initiate legally processes against the perpetrators of racist slurs, vandalism, and looting, as well as ethnicity-, religion-, and race-related cases.
They also pledged to keep the Unitary Republic of Indonesia intact and always pray to God Almighty for the security and peace of Raja Ampat, West Papua, in particular, and Indonesia, in general.
The declaration mirrored the blessings bestowed upon Papua and the love for peace among the people of Papua, particularly Raja Ampat, Umlati noted.
He appealed to everyone in the community to maintain peace and order so that Raja Ampat can set an example not only for the Papuan people but also for the global community.
Alleged racist slurs against Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java, on August 16, set off a chain of violent rallies in several parts of Papua and West Papua.
In the West Papua provincial capital of Manokwari, a rally turned violent August 19, with some protesters torching a local parliamentary building and tires in several parts of the city.
Another violent demonstration erupted in the Papua provincial capital of Jayapura August 29. The brutal demonstrators went on a rampage, setting ablaze several government buildings.
The police have alleged that Papuan separatist Benny Wenda was the mastermind behind the riots, supposedly disseminating hoaxes and attempting to provoke on social media the leaders of states in the Pacific region. (tbn)
INDONESIAN TROOPS WILL REMAIN IN PAPUA : DEFENSE MINISTER
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)
WIRANTO AWAITS REPORT ON EXCHANGE OF FIRE IN PAPUA
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)
PAPUA AN INSEPARABLE PART OF INDONESIA : DEFENSE MINISER
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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