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Indonesian military personnel may accompany press in Papua

22nd June 2015 | 4.683 Views
Indonesian military personnel may accompany press in Papua
General TNI Moeldoko. (ANTARA/M. Agung Rajasa)
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Military Chief General Moeldoko said his institution was considering implementing a policy of having security personnel accompany foreign journalists in Papua to avoid untoward incidents.

"I am considering appointing guards to accompany foreign journalists so we can guide and protect them in case any dangerous situation arises," Moeldoko stated here on Monday.

The military chief was attending a hearing with Commission I of the Indonesian House of Representatives, Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi and Chief of the State Intelligence Agency Marciano Norman. They discussed the amnesty and abolition policy applied to political prisoners in Papua.

Moeldoko added that the effort to provide assistance to foreign journalists was to ensure their safety.

The Indonesian Military will support all policies of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) for unity in Indonesia, he affirmed.

"At the hearing, we will further discuss the potential of the policy," Moeldoko remarked.

In addition, a member of Commission I of the House of Representatives, Tantowi Yahya, pointed out that the hearing was a follow-up to the letter the president sent on May 7 regarding granting amnesty and the abolition policy for political prisoners in Papua.

Furthermore, the Deliberative Body of the Indonesian parliament decided to refer the case of the Papuan political prisoners to Commission III.
(Uu.B019/INE/KR-BSR/H-YH)