Nabire, Jubi – General Chairman of the Central West Papua National Committee, Victor Yeimo, urged Indonesia and the United States to withdraw from Papua.
“To Indonesian colonialists and American imperialists, we are Papuans, the nation you’ve occupied and robbed, we convey that we are surprised, disgusted and sick of watching you act like wild animals living in our garden,” Yeimo said on Monday (23/11/2015).
He said the dispute over PT. Freeport Indonesia’s contract extension demonstrates the colonialistic and imperialistic tendencies of the two countries.
No better future is in sight for Papuans under Indonesian rule, he said.
“We only ask for the right of self-determination that have been sabotaged in 1969 by the United States of America and the Republic of Indonesia for the presence of Freeport McMoRand in West Papua territorial in 1967,” he said.
He claimed that Freeport was the main reason behind the implementation of Act of Free Choice in 1969 that certainly has violated international law and human rights principles. Therefore, he will keep asking PT. FI to be terminated and exit from Papua.
“Therefore we ask Freeport to stop operating in West Papua until the completion of the political status of West Papua thoroughly, democratically and peacefully according to the appropriated universal principles through referendum,” he said.
He also condemned a number of elites and culprits who talk on behalf of Papua nation to get involved in the political and economic compromise with Indonesia and the United States. “Because, everything related to politic and economy partnership in West Papua territorial is fully in the hands of KNPB as mediator of West Papua’s struggle to fight for their self-determination,” he said.
Earlier, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe claimed the provincial government had never been involved by the central government concerning to contract extension of PT. Freeport Indonesia located in Mimika Regency.
“So, if Freeport or other parties said they have involved the government, what government? Because the Papua Provincial Government is the representative of the central government at regional level,” he said in Jayapura on Monday (16/11/2015). (Abeth You/rom)