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Indonesia: UMLWP is Only an NGO

BATAK CENTER FOR OCEANIAN STUDIES -- The Coordinating Minister of Political, Law and Security Affairs, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, said Indonesia is concerned about separatists participating in the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Summit that will be held on the Solomon Islands from July 14-16, 2016.

"We received information that there is an effort by separatist groups who aimed to join the MSG. However, they are not a country. Their status is as an NGO. Thus they cannot join," Panjaitan said here on Friday evening.

Previously, the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (UMLWP) was asking to join the MSG, where Indonesia is a non-permanent member of the forum.

Panjaitan said the UMLWP does not have legitimate status and does not represent the Papuan people.

According to Luhut, the allegation that Indonesia violated the human rights of residents in Papua has no truth to it.

The Indonesian government has worked to enforce human rights in Papua by establishing integrated teams that gather data and analyze information, then submit reports to President Joko Widodo, Panjaitan said.

The team aims to speed the investigation on human rights violations in Papua and West Papua, which was initiated by the Human Rights Commission in 2011.

Luhut said anyone found guilty of violating human rights in Papua or West Papua will be prosecuted.

The Minister also invited the Ambassador of New Zealand to Indonesia, Trevor Matheson, Ambassador of Solomon to Indonesia, Salana Kalu, and Ambassador of Fiji to Indonesia, ST Cavuilati, as well as Papua's New Guinea Ambassador, Peter Ilau, as observers to support the transparency of the investigation process.

"The four ambassadors gave positive feedback on this policy. They all praised the government of President Joko Widodo," Luhut said.

Indonesia is also developing infrastructure in West Papua and Papua Provinces by building toll road, railways, as well as ports to support local economic development.


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