“We all gathered here in our Melanesian homeland, under the auspice of the Vanuatu Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs and Government, and leave shining with renewed hope and strength”.
The words were spoken by the newly appointed Spokesman of United Liberation Movement of West Papua (ULMWP), Jacob Rumbiak, following the closure of its first Summit in Port Vila last Friday.
The new Committee acknowledged the piece of land and office presented by the people of Vanuatu to the people of West Papua.
The new Committee comprises of London-based Global Campaigner Benny Wenda the new Chair, Washington-based Octovianus Mote Vice Chair, Canberra-based Rex Rumakiek Secretary, Melbourne-based Paula Makabori Treasurer and Netherlands-based Oridek Ap member.
“ULMWP is concerned about the situation in Timika, the area of the giant Gold Mine. ULMWP calls on both sides to care for the people based on UN principles to dissolve this siege”, Chairman Wenda says.
The Chairman says during the Summit, the Indonesian Government arrested and incacerated members of West Papua institutions, including KNPB (Komite Nasional Papua Barat), Papuan Student Alliance (AMP), Papuan Peoples Movement (GENPAR), West Papua Student Solidarity (SONAMAPA).
In addition, the Indonesian military in Ternate (North Maluku) beat 103 Indonesians from the Indonesian Peoples Front for West Papua until each individual chanted, “I am Indonesian forever”, it was alleged.
The Chairman says at the same time, the Government has done little to de-escalate the month-long standoff between the Indonesian military and the West Papua Liberation Army around the perimetre of the Freeport Mine.