Marape: No place for regionalism in military

 8th January 2022

By CLIFFORD FAIPARIK

THE PNG Defence Force belongs to the whole of Papua New Guinea and not to be dominated by an ethnic group or a region, Prime Minister James Marape says.

“It (PNGDF) is the chief corner stone of our sovereignty in a nation of thousand tribes. From the eastern most part of the country (Autonomous Region Of Bougainville and Milne Bay ) that divides Solomon Island and  PNG,  to the most northern part (Manus )of our Micronesian neighbors, to the western-most part (West Sepik )that divides PNG with West Papua in Indonesia and to the southern part (Western )that divides PNG, Australia and also Indonesia .The  entire of  the sovereignty of our nationhood is embodied in the personality of the  PNGDF as its role to maintain our sovereignty.”

Marape said that during the promotion of Colonel Mark Goina to Major General and the Announcement of his appointment as the new Chief of PNGDF at Murray Barracks in Port Moresby last week. “It is in our constitution that there must have a regional balance in our key constitutional office holders. In this context, in police, we have the Commissioner from New Guinea Island and chief of PNGDF from the Papuan region who earns his stripes on merit. And in the rank and file of the PNGDF, we have qualified military officers from all over the country. And many of our appointments in public office is regionally balanced. “We maintain a harmony to ensure that key constitutional offices holders are regionally balanced. And that is to ensure that the country is always protected as we progress forward.

”Marape said that “Appointments of public office holders is not based on the region you coming from.  But is based on the best man available for that job.  And having consider everything we got Goina as the new chief of PNGDF. Our challenges remain huge in security, tribalism, and now we face a challenge of a part of our country (Autonomous Region of Bougainville) trying to break away from us (PNG). Also election is coming up and you (PNGDF) will support the Police. 

Forgot politics and remain focused on your job.  Marape also acknowledge the outgoing Chief of PNGDF Major General Gilbert Toropo. “For eight years he has stepped up to hold the Force that was under resourced and underfunded. But he has to go and we have appointed him as the High Commissioner to New Zealand. 

Caption: Mark Goina’s wife Mirah pinning the ranks to her husband’s shoulders with the help of the Prime Minister James Marape and Deputy Chief Of Staff Colonel Tim Marsden at the Officers mess at Murray Barracks in Port Moresby last week.

Fred Christian Mambrasar: Chair of Free West Papua Campaign PNG Chapter Burried in Yako Village, Vanimo, PNG

West Papua Revolutionary Army (WPRA) troops buried the body of Commander Fred Christian Mambrasar, the Chairperson of Free West Papua Campaign (FWPC) PNG Chapter in Yako Village, Vanimo, Sandaun Province.

WPRA is the founder and one of the affiliate commands of West Papua Army (WPA) under the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) Provisional Government.

The body of Fred Mambrasar was supposed to be burried in Sorong, West Papua Province of Indonesia, however, due to Indonesian colonial government rule it was impossible, therefore, he was buried in Vanimo.

Yako was the first place Fred Mambrasar knew when he ran away from West Papua, being hunted by Indonesian military, and he finally resting at the same place.

𝗞𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗼𝗸 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗱𝘂 𝗧𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗸 𝗨𝗟𝗠𝗪𝗣, 𝗜𝗻𝗶 𝗣𝗲𝗿𝗻𝘆𝗮𝘁𝗮𝗮𝗻 𝗦𝗶𝗸𝗮𝗽 “𝗪𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗣𝗮𝗽𝘂𝗮 𝗔𝗿𝗺𝘆” 𝗞𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗼 𝗧𝗣𝗡/𝗢𝗣𝗠 (𝗧𝗣𝗡.𝗣𝗕)

𝐏𝐎𝐑𝐓 𝐍𝐔𝐌𝐁𝐀𝐘, –– Pasca Keputusan Sidang III Komite Legislatif, diumumkannya Undang-Undang Dasar Sementara pada tanggal 20 Oktober 2020 di Camwolker – Port Numbay (Jayapura) – West Papua dan diputuskannya tentang Pemerintah Sementara West Papua (Provisional Government) oleh United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) yang diumumkan pada tanggal dan 1 Desember 2020 setelah ditetapkan melalui Koferensi Tingkat Tinggi (KTT) Luar Biasa, telah muncul sikap penolakan dari beberapa individu kelompok meskipun mayoritas bangsa Papua telah menyatakan mendukung.

Sikap penolakan beberapa individu kelompok tersebut diantaranya sebut saja Sebby Sambom, Terianus Sato dan Jeffry Pagawak yang mengatasnamakan TPN-PB/OPM dan juga dari KNPB oleh Warius Wetipo (Warpo), serta Octovianus Mote mantan wakil ketua ULMWP yang diwawancarai IndoProgress.

Menyikapi sikap individu kelompok yang mengatasnamakan TPNPB/OPM tersebut, “West Papua Army” dari Komando TPN/OPM (TPN.PB) menyatakan bahwa “kelompok tersebut hanya mengatasnamakan organisasi militer TPN/OPM (TPN.PB) tanpa mengkonfirmasi kepada komando di hutan, termasuk tanpa mengetahui Panglima Tinggi TPN/OPM, Gen. Goliath Tabuni”.

Dalam keterangan lisan yang diterima redaksi tabloid-wani.com, Gen. Goliath Tabuni sangat marah terhadap Sebby Sambom yang selalu mengatasnamakan TPN/OPM (TPN.PB) merusak nama baik organisasi militer. Dalam bahasa kiasan nya, Gen. Goliath menyebut Sebby Sambom diibaratkan seperti benalu yang merusak nama organisasi militer TPN/OPM (TPN.PB).

Hal tersebut diketahui setelah Kepala Departemen Pertahanan dan Keamanan ULMWP, Qebe Tabuni melakukan konfirmasi langsung kepada komando di hutan, termasuk Gen. Goliath Tabuni. Pernyataan sikap resmi TPN/OPM (TPN.PB) tertanggal 7 Desember 2020 diterima tabloid-wani.com, Senin (8/12/2020).

Pada prinsipnya, West Papua Army dari Komando TPN/OPM (TPN.PB) menyatakan mendukung Ketetapan yang diputuskan pada Sidang dan Konferensi United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) belum lama ini, dan sikap yang dibuat oleh Sebby Sambom tersebut hanyalah sikap pribadi Sebby Sambom, bukan sikap TPN/OPM (TPN.PB).

Berikut ini adalah pernyataan sikap resmi TPN/OPM (TPN.PB) terhadap diumumkannya Pemerintah Sementara West Papua atau Provisional Governtment of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua oleh Presiden Sementara, Benny Wenda pada tanggal 1 Desember 2020.


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Armed rebel groups in Indonesia’s West Papua have reportedly united to form a new army under a single command.

A release from the office of the chairman of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, Benny Wenda, says it’s the first time the three major factions have come under a single arm.

Under the This ‘Vanimo Border Declaration’, the Liberation Movement is taking political leadership of the new grouping, formed today and dubbed the West Papua Army.

Mr Wenda says they are ready to take over Papua and are calling for international and domestic support.

“We welcome any assistance in helping us achieve our liberation. Indonesia cannot stigmatise us as separatists or criminals any more, we are a legitimate unified military and political state-in-waiting,” he said in a statement.

The new force includes the West Papua Liberation Army, which is fighting a bloody war with state forces in Nduga regency.

Also joining the united front are the West Papuan National Army and the West Papua Revolutionary Army.

Source: https://www.rnz.co.nz/

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