Jayapura. Three US officials of American Embassy in Indonesia: Staff for Political Section Mr.Matthew Cenzer, Assistant for Army Attaché Letkol Marc Harrelson and Attache Marinir Letcol Ron Domingue paid a visit to Makodam, Papua on 7 March 2008. Their visit were welcome by Asisten Intel ( Asintel) Kasdam XVII/Cenderawasih Colonel Inf. FX.Bangun P who was acting for Pangdam.
The goal of their visit is to appreciate the political and security situation and condition in Papua as well as want to get comprehensive pictures from TNI side relating with the efforts towards groups which have not yet had the same views with NKRI. In that occasion, Kapendam Lt Col Inf. Santoso who accompanying Asintel Kasdam stated “,TNI have never deemed tham as enemies, but our brother Indonsia nation who still have different views. TNI has a duty to give understanding to them so that they will realize Indonesia efforts”.
Concerning US commitment towards the NKRI sovereignty, Mr.Matthew Cenzer said clearly that the United States Government supports the Papuan integrity to the territory of NKRI. “I am very happy and proud of approaches carried out by the regional government and TNI, because many OPM members settled in PNG could return to Indonesia (Papua) without having pressures from any side after seeing the progress of Papua development,” he stated. Mr Mattew Cenzer claimed, the mass media and non-governmental organizations’ report on Papua condition is to the contrary with reality. Evidently, I see security condition in Papua is very good and conducive. (Ar10)