Theo van den Broek on the letter sent to UN by Federal Repblic of West Papua

JUBI 23 March 2012Theo van den Broek, a political commentator about Papua, has said that the United Nations will only respond to letters that come from one of its members whereas all its members are nation-states.

Referring to the decision to register the Federal Republic of West Papua with the United Nations by representatives of the IIIrd KRP (held last October), Theo said that it was necessary to know whether a letter had indeed been sent to the UN and what would happen to it.

‘I understand that they sent a letter but that does not mean that the letter will now be handled by the UN or put onto its agenda. All that will happen will be that the letter was indeed sent but it was passed on to the administration and recorded as a letter that had been received. The letter will be given a number and recorded as a letter that had been received. And that will be it,’ he said.

He said that it would be handled automatically by the administration. He gave an example of what would happen to a letter that he might send to the Dutch government asking to be registered as a Dutch person or perhaps relating to the payment of taxes. It would be registered as a letter coming from a Dutch citizen and an acknowledgement would be received but it would not actually be dealt with because the letter raised problematic matters.

As for the letter from the Federal Republic, it will be recorded somewhere but as it comes from a body that is not recognised by the UN, it will probably never be acknowledged because it does not come from one of its members, given that all its members are nation-states, said Theo. ‘Anyone can send a letter to the UN but if it comes from a body that is not a member of the UN, it is not possible to expect that it will be taken seriously.’

Military commander denies current military operations in Papua and rejects legitimacy of the IIIrd KRP

JUBI, 23 March 2012The commander of the district military command in Jayapura denied that any military operations are taking place in Papua. Lieut-Colonel Rano Tilaar was speaking to journalists after taking part in a Joint Forum of the SKPD (?) and the start of a Consultation on Development in Jayapura.

‘There are no military operations under way in Papua, but only Security Operations Along the Border. We have to realise that although the situation in general is calm and orderly, there are conflicts going on, vertical conflicts as well as a horizontal conflicts,’ he said.

The vertical conflict is related to various problems between the government and those wanting independence – or separatism – while horizontal conflicts are those that occur between groups within the community where there are differences between the native population and the newcomers.

‘We need to be conscious of what is meant by nation and state. What is the meaning of the legacy inherited from our ancestors and the natural resources which offer great potential if they are not exploited jointly in the interests of the nation and the state.’

According to Rano, in the present political situation in Papua, the TNI – Indonesian Army – regards the group which pursues the ideology of  M – merdeka – as our brothers. The difference between us, he said, is they have not yet accepted the ideology of NKRI – the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia.

When asked his opinion about the  the Third Papuan Peace Congress [held last October], he said that this meeting was not representative of the Papuan people because according to information he has received from local customary leaders and religious leaders, there was no legitimacy for the creation of a state and the appointment of the president and the prime minister of that state, because others felt that they had not been consulted  and they were not willing to legitimise the congress as being representative of the Papuan people.

‘It only represented a group of people and it was correct to apply the charge of makar – treason – from the point of view of the law because that was a treasonous act.’

(This article unfortunately does not report the contradictions in this story, and fails to mention the fact that significant sweeps against civilians are ongoing throughout the Highlands in Tingginambut and Mulia – against Free Papua guerillas led by Goliat Tabuni – as well as major operations across the entire border region, including allegations of village clearances.  West Papua Media)

DPRP member: ‘Journalists important for the Papuan people

Bintang Papua, 23 March 2012Journalists are very important for Papua
Ruben Magay

Jayapura: Without journalists, nothing would be known by the general public about the aspirations of the Papuan people, said Ruben Magay chairman of Commission A of the DPRP, the Papua Provincial Legislative Assembly.

Referring to recent demonstrations organised by the KNPB – National Committee for West Papua –  he warned that demos should avoid becoming ‘anarchistic’ and start throwing things at journalists.

‘Demonstrations to press for our aspirations are in accord with the laws in force in Indonesia but people should understand  that they must refrain from abusing or attacking journalists, as this is in violation of the ethical code of the press. A recent demonstration was held to call for a referendum, but if people resort to anarchistic behaviour, this would result in the aspirations not being made known to in public. He urged the KNPB to remember that the demos they organise should always be orderly and peaceful.. ‘They should avoid trying to force their wishes on other people,’ said Magay, who in earlier days often took part in  demonstrations himself.

He referred to Law 29/1998 on demonstrations in which it is stated that  people wishing to proclaim their aspirations and their opinions to the general  public were fully entitled to do so  and should always conform with the regulations in force.

[Abridged in translation by TAPOL]

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