During the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) summit at Honoira, Solomon Island, the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) submitted an admission to join MSG. It was rejected. Moreover, before ULMWP recovered from the disappointment over MSG’s rejection, they received more rejections from other parties.
Rejection even comes from west papuans itself. Actions that have been carried out by ULMWP and West Papua National Committee (KNPB) have drawn protests from the papuans’ custom leaders, religious leaders, youths and women. They rejected the inappropriate things that these illegal groups have carried out on behalf of the Papuans. The President of Negara Federal Republik Papua Barat (NFRPB) or Federal Republic of West Papua even questioned the existence of ULMWP and have said that ULMWP is only deceiving the Papuans.
Papuans who are anti KNPB held a demonstration to reject these separatist movement (KNPB and ULMWP) in front of the Papuans House of Representatives (DPRP), Jayapura, Wednesday (20/7/2016). Mass of people from Kerukunan Keluarga Besar Pejuang Pembebasan Irian Barat (KKBPPIB) or the Assembly of West Irian Freedom Fighters were demanding the dissolution of KNPB and ULMWP because they have deceived the Papuans and have divided the nation’s unity.
KKBPPIB coordinator, Sarlen Ayantanoi stated that, with ULMWP’s rejection from MSG, DPRP must act to keep people from incitements that are disseminated by separatist groups. “The people of Papua has been deceived for too long by KNPB and ULMWP”, he said, in front of the DPRP office.
Sarlen mentioned that KNPB have often become the trigger of security problems in Papua. “KNPB members have no work (unemployed), so they often commit crimes,” he said.
Ondoafi Wutung and Stanis Tanfa Cilong, representative of Papuans in Papua New Guinea border areas, also strongly rejected the actions of ULMWP and KNPB which they deemed full of lies. “What do ULMWP and KNPB want? Stop deceiving us. Do not use us as scapegoats with reasons of representing the papuans. Which papuans do they mean?”. Stanis Tanfa Asked.
Ondoafi said that Papua is already independent under Indonesia, the papuans’ economy are also increasing, and price of goods are not too expensive. “Papua is already independent within the sovereignty of the Republic of Indonesia. Papua’s economy is increasingly better, the price of goods, groceries and other things are less expensive compared to the neighboring country of Papua New Guinea,” said Ondoafi.