Report – By Netty Dharma Somba in Jayapura
The New Zealand government has allocated Rp 20 million (NZ$ 2.4 million) in aid for the Papua Community Policing programme in the Indonesian-ruled Melanesian region, which is due to commence in September.
It is a three-year programme in which members of the New Zealand police will run a Training for Trainers (TOT) scheme to work on community-based approaches for Indonesian police officers in the region of West Papua.
“There will be two NZ police officers stationed in Papua on a rotational basis, and will be helped by a number of instructors,” NZ Ambassador to Indonesia David Taylor said yesterday after meeting with Papua police chief Inspector-General Tito Karnavian.
“The main purpose is to foster relations between the community and the police in Papua,” he added.
Taylor said his government respected the full territorial integrity of Indonesia in Papua, and would fully support the central and regional governments’ approach in prioritising the economic aspect to address many issues in the region.
The New Zealand government has also rejected any form of violence because this does not resolve problems, including actions by armed civilians that disrupt security.
“All parties should sit together and negotiate to find solutions for the issues and challenges faced by Papua,” said Taylor.
‘Tough ways, soft ways’
Commenting on this, Tito said he was optimistic that the programme offered by the New Zealand government would support law enforcement in Papua.
“There are tough ways and there are soft ways to deal with violence and we always use hard measures as a last resort.”
Meanwhile, the Pacific Media Centre news desk reports that on the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) yesterday, a demonstration was held in Broadway, Sydney, outside Health Minister Tanya Plibersek’s office to highlight the government’s appalling waste of money on the military.
In cities around Australia and in more than 100 centres world wide, demonstrations were held to mark the day, which coincides with the publication by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute of world military expenditures for the past year.
Speakers included Dr Anne Noonan of the Medical Association for the Prevention of War and parliamentarian Dr John Kaye, NSW Greens MLC.
Dr Noonan also of AWPA (Sydney) said many Australians did not realise that Australia helped fund and train the Indonesian military – especially the controversial Detachment 88 which is Indonesia’s counter-terror unit.
Detachment 88 was set up after the Bali bombing in 2002 to target terrorists’ organisations in Indonesia.
However, Detachment 88 is also being used in West Papua to target Papuan activists and human rights defenders involved in the self-determination struggle.
Source: Jakarta Post