No separatism in Papua, says military commander

Bintang Papua, 5 October 2010

[Abridged in translation]

No separatism in Papua, says military commander

According to the military commander of the Cenderawasih Command, there
are no separatist groups functioning in Papua any more, Security can
therefore be left to the police, with the army providing back-up when
called upon to do so, said Major-General Hotma Marbun. 'If there were
any separatists, we would crush them,' he said.

He was speaking on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the
Cenderawasih military command, he said. Asked about the 'Papua Peace
Force' which has been announced by Forkorus Yoboisembut, chairman of
DAP, the Papuan Traditional Council, Hotma said: 'There is no such
thing. I dont know anything about it. If it did exist, it wouldn't mean
anything. They are using the word peace, aren't they?'

A message was read out on behalf of the commander of the Indonesian
armed forces Admiral Agus Suhartono. He said that reflecting the
emerging global framework strategy and Indonesia's national interests,
the country is facing a number of threats to its national security
including security in South Maluku, terrorism, separatism, violations of
its borders, natural disasters, illegal activities (no mention about
what these are), horizontal conflicts and a lack of energy resources.

In the context of the strategic environment, he said that Indonesia
faces the threat of global warming and  continual endeavours together
with all components to safeguard the integrity of NKRI, the Unitary
State of the Republic of Indonesia. He then said that the armed forces
would continue to pursue the process of reformasi.