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Jakarta Post

For Freeport, just follow Indonesia's wishes

Yogyakarta   /   Thu, March 9, 2017   /  03:10 pm
For Freeport, just follow Indonesia's wishes A vehicle passes through gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia’s (PTFI) mining area in Grasberg, Mimika, Papua. (JP/Nethy Dharma Somba)

“Many citizens resented the mining company’s reminder that without US support for the UN-organized Act of Free Choice in Papua in 1969, the result of the referendum could have been damaging for Indonesia. Freeport’s presence in Papua at that time was reportedly the main reason for the US’ decision to make it possible to reunite Papua with Indonesia.” (The Jakarta Post editorial June 24, 2015). Puncak Jaya, the highest mountain in Papua, before the 1960s was believed to be the largest gold and copper mine in the world. In March 1962, the United States’ State Department sent a telegram to Jakarta’s embassy saying that top American diplomat Ellsworth Bunker would facilitate top-secret high-level negotiations between the Dutch and Indonesian governments. The Dutch, according to US/ CIA declassified documents from 1962, “had to hand over W...

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