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PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM MUST ACT URGENTLY ON WEST PAPUA (WEST NEW GUINEA)

August 28, 2012

For Immediate Release

WEST PAPUA NATIONAL COALITION FOR LIBERATION

Secretariat, c/o: WPPRO, P.O. Box 1571, Port Vila, Republic of Vanuatu,
Ph.:+678 7740808, +61414149001 E-mails: morningstar,
awulkeweng,ayamiseba,rexruma,

Date: 28 August 2011

PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM MUST ACT URGENTLY
ON WEST PAPUA (WEST NEW GUINEA)

The situation in West Papua (West New Guinea) is sliding towards horizontal conflict. Together
with Civil Society and religious Institutions we had contained the situation at least on the part of
Papuans with the understanding that we do not need violence to resolve the issue. The Military
wing of the OPM, the TPNPB (Tentara Pembebasan Papua Barat or the West Papuan National
Liberation Army) have accepted the will of the people not to engage in active combat and give
peaceful efforts a chance to succeed. Our greatest hope was that the International Institutions
including Pacific Islands Forum and the Melanesian Spearhead Group will put enough pressure
on Indonesia to stop the violence perpetrated by its Security Forces and Militias. Regrettably
this did not happen. Violence is increasing and the Military Wing of the OPM is beginning to
question the likelihood of success in peaceful efforts. If the freelance actors that TPNPB cannot
bring under its command notice that the main body is having second thought about peaceful
efforts, anything could happen. Melanesian payback practice fueled by decades of hatred is like
a bomb needing only a spark to ignite.

At this very moment the people in the Eastern Highlands are without their Hospital. The Security
Forces had shut down the Hospital forcing hundreds of people to take their sick relatives home. One
could imagine the harrowing situation facing the whole population of the area. The Security forces are
still operating in the area forcing people to abandon their homes. The death toll from violence in the
past three months alone for the whole country is high and consistent comparing with the on and off
occurrences in the past. These casualties included a German National and the slaying of Mako Tabuni,
a prominent peaceful demonstrations activist. About eight weeks ago the Indonesian army went on a
violent rampage, attacking a Suburb of Wamena town in the Central Highlands. They swept through
the town randomly bayoneting people, burning down and destroyed 85 properties. This was a spark
that did not ignite retaliation which could have been more serious.

Violence has always been Indonesia’s policy regarding the land of Papua over the past 49 years. Being
an occupying power, violence is their only means of enforcing their authority in the Papuan society. For
almost half a century since Indonesia annexed West Papua, our people have been subjected to terror

and trauma. It is precisely because of this that the civil society recognized that there is a dire need to
replace violence with a culture of peace. During a peace conference held in Jayapura, the capital of
Papua Province, from 5-7 July 2011, in addition to the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and
Security Affairs, Djoko Suyanto, the regional commanders of the military and police and also governor
had participated. Regrettably the government did not maintain their integrity to promote peace as
recommended by the conference. Instead violence had increased while mass public demonstrations
are repressed culminated in the slaying of their leader Mako Tabuni. Normally the leader of the country
would demand proper investigation and bring those responsible for all these violence to justice. Nothing
of that nature is forthcoming from the Indonesian President.

There has been much encouragement aimed at Jakarta to resolve the issue peacefully. The Pacific
Islands Forum meetings have made pleas for peaceful dialogue; the European Parliament made similar
requests and so have some members of the US Congress and the Green Party of Australia. On 19 th
July 2011, Mr. David Howell, Spokesman for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, in his response to
Senator Richard Harris’ question, stated, the ”United Kingdom government has long-time encouraged
a constructive dialogue to solve differences between the government of Indonesia and credible leaders
of West Papua”. Similarly, Excellency Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States,
remarked to the Minister of Foreign Affair of Indonesia, the Hon. Marty Natalegawa MP, during the
ASEAN-Meeting in Bali on 23th July 2011, “We, of course, believe in open dialogue between Papuan
representatives and the government of Indonesia.” There have been many more statements from the
wider international community issued via many organizations, institutions and politicians.

At the moment, it is the West Papuans who have maintained their integrity and consistently pursued
a peaceful solution through direct negotiation to be facilitated by a third party. The government of Dr.
Susilo Bambang Judhoyono has not reciprocated, and there is no indication that it will. In view of this,
the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation calls on the MSG, PIF, US, UK, the European Union and
others to sponsor a Resolution at the UNGA to re-inscribe West Papua on the UN List for Decolonization.
We also call on MSG and PIF to admit the West Papuan Independence Movement as an observer of
these bodies as a sure way of encouraging peaceful solution to the conflict.

The Indonesian government has already lost the trust of the people of West Papua after the total
failure of the so-called special autonomy. Therefore, it should stop its divide and rule policies and
end its meaningless and costly cut and paste autonomy. WPNCL calls on the governments who have
assisted the so-called special autonomy to stop their aid because their assistance has only benefited
corrupt officials and prolonged the violence in the territory. One very clear example is the training of
Detachment 88 that supposedly fighting terrorism; instead it is used as a tool of destruction for the
annihilation of Papuans. It has become a Terrorist Detachment in West Papua. Please be straight with
your conscience: do you want to be part of the problem, or are you prepared to be part of the solution?

Any further questions please contact,

Rex Rumakiek, Secretary General of WPNCL on +61414149001,
Dr. John Ondowame, Vice Chairman of WPNCL on +678 5616733
Andy Ayamiseba, WPNCL Vanuatu Mission on +678 7740808
Ms. Paula Makabory, Human Rights Activist on +61423451540

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