Jayapura, 25/2, The Revolutionary Forum of the National Liberation Army of the Free Papua Movement (TPN-OPM) has urged the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) to immediately form a team of negotiators in relation to the political status of the West Papuan people.

The talks in question have to be high-level talks under international monitoring, with the mediation of a neutral third country. The spokesman for the TPN-OPM Revolutionary Forum, Saul. Y. Bomay said the issue of the political status of the West Papuan people is not an Indonesian issue, but an international one.

“So, our expectations for triangular negotiations involving the people of Papua, Indonesia, and a neutral third country, have to become a reality. We are pushing for international negotiations so that both sides of the conflict find a conclusion that is reasonable for the people of West Papua,” said Saul, in Abepura, Jayapura, on Monday (25/2).

According to Saul, key actors or countries in the talks are, first, the United States, the Netherlands, the Republic of Indonesia, the United Nations (in view of their role in the sixties with the UNTEA) and others, as well as the party that was wronged politically: the TPN-OPM, as the sole body politically responsible for the people of West Papua.

According to Saul, there should also be input from witnesses and perpetrators of the Act of Free Choice of 1969, who saw how this process unfolded. “Later, we will see, in said negotiations, whether the Act of 1969 was organized in accordance with the New York Agreement of 15 August 1962 or not,” he explained.

Saul explained that other than those he mentioned, institutions that have significant legal strength such as a UN human rights team, Amnesty International, international NGOs, Legal Aid International, the World Council of Churches and other institutions that are competent in the field of law, as well as an independent [monitoring] team, should also be involved.

“In these negotiations, institutions that have the force of law have to be involved, so that the Papuan issue can be resolved in its entirety,” he said.

Whereas the other type of dialogue, the so-called “constructive communication” which President Susilo Bambang Yodhoyono is currently discussing, that one is illegal, said Saul. “Because the demands of the Papuan people are not based on welfare issues in Papua. What should be clear is that the Papuan people do not need a dialogue in the form of constructive communication in Papua,” he explained.

According to Saul, if the talks do not involve an independent third party, there will be no concrete conclusion to the Papuan issue and the human rights violations will continue to increase. “I hope the central government will appreciate the direction this dialogue has to take, certainly if it wishes Papua to be safe and peaceful,” he said.

Also according to Saul, amid the growing tumult in Papua, the best solution is through a dialogue but not a dialogue mediated by high-ranking officials in the Republic of Indonesia. He hoped, however, that such a dialogue will be mediated by a neutral third country. “Without involvement of a third party, it should be known that the voice of the people of Papua have already rejected a dialogue that would be a so-called constructive communication, which is an invention of the Republic of Indonesia,” he said.



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