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Edward Natapei, Minister of Foreign Affair of Vanuatu (Jubi)

Edward Natapei, Minister of Foreign Affair of Vanuatu (Jubi)

Jayapura, 16/1 (Jubi) – The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vanuatu, Edward Natapei, admitted that, after the ministerial mission to Indonesia, the chance for the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation (WPNCL) to become a member of Melenesia Spearhead Group (MSG) is increasingly difficult.

The visit of three ministers of Melanesian Countries is regarded as the mission’s failure by Vanuatu. “It was clear in Noumea, towards the MSG’s leaders and the Government of Indonesia, Vanuatu have stated to be participated if the mission involved the civilians in West Papua. In that mission, we will also obtained the opportunity to speak with the civil society, the church leaders and the individuals who are very concern to the human rights violation in West Papua,” said Natapei to Jubi by phone, Thursday (16/1).
Because of the Government of Indonesia ignored what have been expressed by Vanuatu, Vanuatu then decided to withdraw its participation from the mission. Natapei said, just one day before the mission, Vanuatu was informed that the agenda of visit would not include the meeting with the civil society but to promote the economic and development partnership. Natapei said that the mission agenda has been hijacked by the Government of Indonesia. “We aware that the Government of Indonesia is actually hijack the agenda with putting the other issue in order to promote the economic relationship and the development partnership with the Government of Indonesia. We felt that we were already failing in this mission,” explained Natapei.
The failure of this mission, further according to Natape, will make the opportunity of WPNCL to become the MSG’s member would be more difficult. However, the Government of Vanuatu will not give up to fight for the rights of Melanesians in West Papua. According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vanuatu, MSG can invite the West Papua leaders to meet in a certain place to get the clarification on the mission result that would be reported by the 3 Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Melanesian Countries who visit Indonesia a few days ago. “MSG can invite the Papuan Leaders to meet in a certain place to clarify their visit.” Said Natapei. But he does not explain further when and where the meeting will be done.
Three Minister who visit Indonesia are the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration of Papua New Guinea, Pimbink Pato, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Partnership of Fiji, HE Ratu Inoke Kubuakaboka and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trading of Solomon Island, Ciay Forau, as reported by several national media, have signed the joint agreement with the Government of Indonesia. “We respect the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity and the principle of non-intervention in the domestic affairs in accordance to the UN Charter,” according the joint statement of delegation of MSG and Indonesia published in several national media, Wednesday (15/1).

While related to Vanuatu’s withdrawal from the mission, the Government of Indonesia was reluctant to give more comments. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Marty Natalegawa, said that Vanuatu is often changing its attitude. “About Vanuatu, I think Vanuatu should explain about their position. Because sometime the position of Vanuatu can change from one government to another government and we are ready to communicate,” said Marty, as published by the national media. (Jubi/Victor Mambor/P. Maizier)

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Police investigate firearms trafficking from Lumajang to Papua




Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw (far left) accompanies the Governor of Papua and members of the Regional Coordination Leaders Forum while attending the anniversary of Puncak Jaya Regency in Mulia – Jubi / Jean Bisay

Surabaya, Jubi – The Regional Police of East Java admitted their investigation on illegal firearms trafficking from Lumajang, East Java to insurgent groups in Papua.

“We have direct contact with the local police to analyse firearms trafficking cartels in this area. Our concern that some irresponsible groups misuse it,” said Police Commissioner Gidion Arif Setyawan, the Special Crime Investigation Chief at East Java Regional Police, in his office on Monday (13/1/2020).

 The investigation, he continued, is still ongoing. He said the police also concern about this finding because insurgent groups used to have high calibre weapons.

“Especially high calibre firearms. If 4.5 calibre riffles might not be high, but we need vigilant with above 6.5 or 9 calibre weapons. Some regional police offices have agreed to follow up this issue,” he said.


Previously, Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paul Waterpauw suspected the distribution of firearms and ammunition in his territory were from international and domestic dealings.

“Indeed, we have information that those firearms not only come from domestic sellers but also from abroad. There are indications that it comes through the border area, and from the Philippines via North Maluku, Sorong, West Papua Province into Papua. This route what we are tracking now,” he said in Timika on Monday (13/1) as quoted from Antara.

Further, he stated that he also received information about firearms assembled in Lumajang, East Java, had distributed to Papua.

The similar issue had once been revealed by some police officers from the East Java Regional Police some time ago. (*)

Reporter: Jean Bisay

Editor: Pipit Maizer

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Papua Police trace firearms trafficking around local landfill site




Caption: Local crowds in Wamena Airport, Jayawijaya, Papua, Friday (9/27/2019) – Jubi / Courtesy ANTARA

Papua, Jubi – Papua Regional Police are still investigating some cases of firearms and ammunition trafficking from abroad into the region. It follows up the increase of shooting terrors against military and police officers by unidentified groups in various areas of Papua.

“Indeed, we have information that firearms trafficking is not only from domestic sellers but also from abroad. There are indications that it comes through the border area, and from the Philippines via North Maluku, Sorong, West Papua Province into Papua. This route what we are tracking now,” he said in Timika as reported by Antara on Monday (13/1).

Furthermore, General Waterpauw asked the local community to provide support and assistance to notify the authorities if they have information related to the transaction of firearms and ammunition. Therefore, the authorities could stop the trading and at the same time be aware of the syndication network and take the perpetrators to the court.

Meanwhile, Mimika Police’s Special Force and Battalion B of Police’s Mobile Brigade have investigated some witnesses for information. Some of them are the local garbage truck drivers who are suspected transporting ammunitions with household waste to be disposed at the Waste Disposal Site at Iwaka Sub-district and heavy vehicle operators on duty at the Iwaka landfill site.


Dozens of ammunition with the active launcher were first discovered by Hendra (17), a heavy equipment operator at the Iwaka landfill site on Tuesday (12/31/2019).

Based on Hendra’s information as reported by Darjo, a fellow operator at the Iwaka landfill, the ammunition wrapped in a plastic bag and transported to the landfill by a regional government garbage truck with hull number 10 with plate number DS 9593 MA.

Once opened, it is known that the plastic package contains ammunition of 10 grains of 5.56.5 TJ.

Then on Wednesday (1/1) at the same location, two GLM launchers and 50.56.5 calibre AMM ammunition were also found. The findings were then handed over to the Papua Police Regional Battalion Brimob B officers.

Currently, three civilians involved in the transaction of 600 ammunitions are undergoing trial in Timika District Court and have been pronounced for six years and five years sentence respectively.

While two Indonesian soldiers who involve in the case underwent hearing in the Jayapura Military Court but one suspect was found dead in his detention at Military Detention Center in Waena, Jayapura on Monday (6/1/2020)

Regarding the case, the Mimika Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissionaire I Gusti Era Adhinata said dozens of active ammunitions and throwers found belonged to Indonesian military and police.

“Where did it come from, this is what we are currently investigating. From there, it will reveal the culprits who pulled those ammunitions and throwers from arsenals,” he said.

No mercy

Regarding firearms trafficking involved military members and police officer, Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw reminded his subordinates in Papua to not involve in the illegal firearms and ammunition trading. He stressed that there would be no mercy for those who catch in the act involving in the trafficking.

“I hope our members do not take advantage of this space for involving in ammunition trading, so on and so forth. In principle, for those who are indicated and proven to be involved, there would be no mercy for them. We will surely fire them disrespectfully and take them to the court,” he launched his statement in Timika on Monday.

However, the chief believes that most police officers serving in Papua have high integrity and loyalty. But, according to him, an individual member also can commit such a deviant act. (*)

Source: Antara

Editor: Jean Bisay

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Wilem Walilo prosecuted one year sentence for carrying a sharp weapon to feed pigs




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Jayapura, Jubi – Jayapura District Court resumed a trial against Wilem Walilo who suspects involved in the mass rampage of 29 August 2019 on Wednesday (08/01/20). The public prosecutor charged him with one year sentence for possessing a sharp weapon ‘badik’ which the purpose of feeding his pigs.

In the trial chaired by Judge Maria Sitanggang with other panel members Abdul Gafur Bunguin and Muliayan, public prosecutor Ismail Nahumarury asked the panel of judges to state the defendant Wilem Walilo was found guilty of carrying a sharp weapon.

“Wilem Walilo is guilty of carrying out a sharp weapon as stipulated in Article 2 verse (1) of the Emergency Law No.12 of 1951. Therefore, the defendant must sentence one year, which reduced with his current detention time,” said Ismail while reading the statement.

Walilo is a civil servant who arrested on 30 August 2019 for carrying a sharp weapon ‘badik’ holding between his waist on his way to feed his pigs. When passing in front of the Papua Governor Office to APO, he passed by the crowd of students. Therefore, he turned his motorcycle to the upper road Dok V Atas. On his way to APO, the police arrested him after finding he was carrying a sharp weapon.


A member of the Advocate Team for Papuans, Sugeng Teguh Santoso as his legal advisor, questioned the public prosecutor’s charge. He asserted that Article 2 verse (2) of the Emergency Law No. 12 of 1951 clearly states that carrying sharp weapons for agricultural affairs, domestic work, or other legitimate purposes cannot be considered a crime.

Sugeng further said his client could get a sentence if the Court can prove his guilty of carrying weapons to commit a crime instead of working. “In Walilo’s case, he brought ‘badik’ for working. We think the court must release him because it already found out that the reason he carried the weapon was for feeding his pigs,” Sugeng said.

Also, stated Sugeng, his client actually protected Buton people living nearby his house during the mass riot in Jayapura on 29 August 2019. “He could not feed the pigs that day. So, the next day on 30 August 2019, he left his house to feed the pigs, but the police arrested him in a sweeping on the road,” he said.

In the meantime, the Chief panel of judges Maria Sitanggang said the trial against Walilo would resume on 15 January 2020. “A hearing to hear responses from legal advisers on the charge aimed by the public prosecutor,” Sitangang said. (*)


Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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