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Jakarta Post

OPM military wing calls for UN-mediated dialogue

  • Evi Mariani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 15 2010   /  08:31 am

The military wing of the separatist Free Papua Movement (TPN-OPM) said it welcomed dialogue with Jakarta as long as an international organization, preferably the UN, acted as the mediator. In an email sent to The Jakarta Post on Saturday, the leader of the military wing, general Thadius Jhoni Kimema Jopari Magai Yogi, said they would reject talks if Jusuf Kalla mediated. The email was in response to a plan proposed by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and supported by Papuan community leader and Catholic priest Neles Tebay.The plan is commonly called the Papua Road Map, named after a LIPI publication analyzing issues in Papua and the suggested paths to reconciliation.“We won’t accept if the government of Indonesia, in this case Jusuf Kalla, plays the role of mediator,” Thadius wrote. Makassar-born Kalla, the former vice president, has received international praise for his...