The 8th Summit Meeting at Le Lagon Values the Development of Democracy in Papua Province

August 16, 2010

On August 3, 2010, the Leaders from the Pacific section of the African, Caribbean, Pacific (PACP) countries held their 8th summit meeting at Le Lagon Resort, in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The PACP countries cover the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Niue, Nauru, the Republic of Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tuvalu, Tonga and Vanuatu.

Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) was represented by :

1. Lorin Robert, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs. His adress is PS123, Palikir, Pohnpei State, FM 96941, Phone: (691) 320-2641/2613 Fax: (691) 320-2933, Email: foreignaffairs@mail.fm.

2. Samson Pretrick, FSM Ambassador to Fiji. He is not only be the nation’s representative the South Pacific region, but also FSM’s representative the multilateral organizations such as the Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji, SPC in Noumea and SPREP in Samoa. He has impeccable credentials in foreign affairs starting his career with the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1989 as a Foreign Service Officer. He went on to be posted to FSM’s Embassy in Washington DC as First Secretary for Political and Economic Affairs until he was relocated Guam. He served as Consul-General of FSM’s Consulate Office in Guam until his recent nomination by President Mori. His educational background includes a Masters degree from the Monash University in Australia and a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and Economic from Missouri.

3. Gillian Doone, Assistant Director of the Office of SBOC.

The meeting chaired by the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Edward Nipake Natapei, has resulted the best decision of the forum, that is to defer raising the concerns of West Papua.  There was no mention at all in the communiqué on the West Papua issue.  Recently, Papuan enjoys  the democracy that develops in the Unitary Republic of Indonesia. Thank for a uniquely PAC’s approach to Papua in order for democracy to develop and endure in Indonesia’s easternmost province.

Our three boxers we can be proud of.

July 12, 2010

Currently, West Papua Province has three great boxers namely Yunike Busira, Dolince Sanadi and Selly Wanimbo. They are ready to win the championship at the National Sports Week (PON) in 2012 in Pekanbaru, Riau. As many as 40,000 people will witness the next game in the second biggest stadium in Indonesia (80 hectares) which located near Riau University (UNRI).  What we can be proud of those guys ?  Yunike won gold at PON XVII/2008 and together with Selly Wanimbo performed well at the semi-finals of the 2009 Sea Games in Laos. While Dolince Sanadi won a gold medal at STE (Golden Gloves Boxing) in Makassar last March 2010. Be sure to keep your stamina and health, keep practicing and good luck for you all.

Three-year Leadership of Puncak Jaya Regent and Vice Regent Lukas Emenbe and Henok Ibo

July 5, 2010

A surprising new breakthrough led by Regent and Vice Regent of Jayapura is emerging in various sectors. After being inagurated by Papuan Governor  Barnabas Suebu on 28 June 2007 both leaders keep pace with growth of the Puncak Jaya.  For the infrastructure,  they has been helping to renew and build it in rural and urban municipalities across Puncak Jaya ranging from street paving,  the esthablishment of Regent and local House of Representative Offices,  and many others.  Airport as similar as to Hasanuddin Airport in Makassar has been built and it will become the most finest airports in the mountains. Imagine, the street along the Mulia airport as long as 900 meters,  Fawi airport 800 meters and  Beoga airport  500 meters has finished to pave. The driving  from Wamena-Tolikara- Mulia is easier and shorter  and after route from Mulia – Tiom is opening and trip from Wamena to Tiom is only 4 hours, comparing from 10 hours in the past.  

For health sector, Puncak Jaya regency has concentrated with development of health centers such as Puskesmas.  In the field of Education, Puncak Jaya regency has 6 billion Rupiah budget,  give more scholarships to Puncak Jaya students both studying in Papua and outside Papua, and has built some dormitories in some cities.  Approximately 500 students graduted from school  have been promoted to be civil servants in Puncak Jaya.  This year, Puncak Jaya has been proclaimed as a City Tour and Mountain Park.  The only obstacle of Puncak Jaya development is come from small perpetrator groups that is Security Disturbance Movement (GPK) TPN / OPM. The activity of TPN/OPM in two districts of Puncak Jaya namely Tingginambut and Yambi District expunge all areas in Puncak Jaya.

The formation of the Pegunungan Tengah Province

February 23, 2010

Wamena – On February 22, 2010, ten regents of Pegunungan Tengah  have a meeting in Gedung Sosial GKI Wamena. One of the agendas was to declare the formation of the Pegunungan Tengah Province. In this opportunity,  Puncak Jaya Regent Lukas Enembe S.Ip was appointed as Chairman of Asosiasi Bupati se PegununganTengah  for the 2010-2012 period.  Other issues discussed were to develop the transportation infrastructure connected Pegunungan Tengah, to increase the development of Wamena Airport, to develop better communication among Papua governor , to settle education problem and  to discuss the HIV issue.

Chicken Barapen ala Walesi

February 12, 2010

Chicken Barapen is one of the most famous Papuan food. Walesi is a name of tribe in Wamena Papua.  They change pork with chicken because many Wamena people are Moslem. The method of cooking is using burnt stone beforehand putting into a drum that is buried in the land. Afterwards, put sweet potatoes, and vegetables on it one by one.  Then put chicken with spice, pour oil on chicken, vegetables, and sweet potatoes evenly.  After that, close the drum by thick plastic heat-resistant.  …….Now, the food is ready to serve.

The successor of the late Kelly Kwalik is a criminal ?

February 11, 2010

Almost two months Jeek Milian Kemong has succeeded the late Kelly Kwalik, but his leadership has not been accepted by its members.  Therefore, the leader of the OPM and Deputy Chairman of West Papua National Coalition for Liberation (WPNCL), Dr Otto Ondowame many times call upon all para military forces to accept the decision and give full support to the new Commander.    Some who rejected his leadership due to his involvement in the attack and destruction of the Freeport copper pipe, which caused the company losses of millions of dollars in 1977.  This group believe that he will face criminal charges without a doubt and become obstacle of struggle.

Kemong grew up with the late Kelly Kwalik and Dr Otto Ondowame and went to the same primary school in Amungun, sub-district of Akimuga in the 1980s and attended the Catholic seminary in Abepura from 1968 to 1971.

Encouraging Yacob Rumbiak (Australia), Herman Wanggai, Otto Ondowame (Swedia) to follow Jouwes’ Step

February 10, 2010

We should remember the statement of B.J.K. Cramer Rotterdam, the Netherlands that Jouwe in the Netherlands has taken the courageous step, following the earlier lead of the RMS movement in exile that made a similar step, by declaring that the war for secession was over and that instead any differences should be settled by peaceful means.

Jouwe and Joku are smart leaders who realize their mistakes in the past. Later, they realize that Papuan should be active and become leaders in Indonesia not only in Papua. Papua is one of  Indonesia provinces.  Therefore, whoever Papuan leaders stay overseas are eccouraging to follow Jouwe step. We are Papuan looking forward to see you in Papua sooner or later.

Genyem calls you guys to work at our farm

February 9, 2010

Jayapura is the widest area for plating cocoa in Papua.  This regency has 6,177 Ha followed by Kaerom 5,058 Ha, Nabire 2,937 ha. However, due to shortages and the political situation, cocoa production in Jayapura decline so drastically.  Another cause is many young men have left the village and work in the city to build infrastructure and the political situation.

We are Papuan hoping that you, guys, please poor our girls working alone. Accompany them and come back to farm and restore the glory Genyem Cacao plantations.

Thank the Dutch government

February 8, 2010

Papua is selected as one of five regions in Indonesia as the location of the renewable energy project.  The other provinces are covering North Sumatra, Central Java, Yogyakarta and West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).

Thank  Casindo coordinator, Nico van der Linden who said that Papua with its special autonomy status should be able to develop its renewable energy potentials and formulate the regional energy policy while economizing energy measures.

Cenderawasih University has been chosen to implement a work program and make coordination with related parties, said Nico, who is also a researcher at the Netherlands Energy Research Center (ECN).

We will stop fighting, promise

January 12, 2010

Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel. Proverbs 20:3

Solomon asked, “Do you see yourself as an honorable man or a fool?” If you avoid strife and fighting then you are an honorable man. But if you like to quarrel about anything and everything then you are a fool. Do you remember that our kids at SD Inpres state elementary school in Kwamki Lama in Mimika, Papua have not been school.

While they had got problem, we were proud to fight with our family. As a father I am ashamed with my kid’s complaint “father, please stop your involvement in the conflict, we want to school now.” My kid reminds me Solomon message during our prayer at Church that the honorable thing for a man to do is avoid strife and quarreling, not engage in it. Thank Mimika Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Moh. Sagi for your effort to mediate in the dispute.