Police say no to awareness by West Papua group
POST-COURIER-5 hours ago
November 7, 2018
BY MIRIAM ZARRIGA
A GROUP called the “West Papua Interest Association” has been stopped from carrying out any awareness in the Kiunga-Tabubil area.
PNG police confirmed a letter was received from the association, however due to the sensitivity of the issue they would be discussing and the type of awareness they are carrying out they were asked to not carry out their awareness.
In the letter sighted by this newspaper, the team of 200 men and women would be arriving and coming in from Oksibil Star Mountain Regency of West Papua.
From the 200 men and women, 50 were security forces with their identification such as a recognised ID cards and the sets of uniforms and another 150 men and women representing each district.
The letter signed by Kare Kotanon Urupkulin, who is the international border coordinator, and stamped, is supported by Geoff Mecky Uropkulin, who is the team representative.
The aim of the association is to carry out human rights violation awareness for one week in Kiunga.
PNG’s border commander, Samson Kua said while he understood their rights to host an awareness of their continued efforts for freedom, he said it would not be appropriate to stage the awareness at a time the country was ready to deliver APEC in two weeks. He added that they did not want any disruptions experienced at the borders of the country.
Mr Kua said the security of the country was imperative and important to maintain.
“We have to also protect this country and ensure that the security of everyone in Western Province is protected. “I have already explained the reasons to the association and I hope they will adhere to what I have told them already,” Mr Kua said.
“This country is hosting an important event in APEC, and I have stressed to the association that no awareness will be carried out.
“I do not want any disruptions to the efforts of the Joint Security Taskforce along the borders.
“Failure to adhere to the directives given will see the arrest of those who continue to disregard the directive that has been set,” Mr Kua said.