Indonesia suspected of sponsoring fake Papua rebel group

1) Indonesia suspected of sponsoring fake Papua rebel group
RNZI Posted at 03:30 on 02 April, 2009 UTC
The West Papua National Coalition for Liberation says the Indonesian military may be sponsoring militia groups to masquerade as the Free West Papua Movement, or OPM, in ongoing fighting in Puncak Jaya regency.
Reports from Indonesia’s Papua region that more than 30 soldiers have been killed in skirmishes with separatists in the regency in the last month, have attributed the deaths to OPM fighters.
Hundreds of extra Indonesian soldiers have recently been sent to Puncak Jaya to attack the OPM leadership in its stronghold.
However, Paula Makabori of the National Coalition for Liberation, of which the OPM is a member, says they’re yet to get clarification about how involved the movement is in the fighting.
“I don’t think that they’ve got lots of ammunition or weapons, except if the Indonesian security (forces) are involved with all of the conflicts and support some of the fake OPM groups (with) their own ammunition and their own weapons and they claim them as the real Papuan OPM movement.”
Paula Makabori
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2) Covert militia being used in fight against OPM, says West Papua Coalition
RNZI Posted at 06:55 on 02 April, 2009 UTC
The West Papua National Coalition for Liberation says Indonesian-backed militia are playing an increasing role in the fight by security forces to attack the Free West Papua Movement, or OPM, in highlands areas.
Reports from Indonesia’s Papua region that more than 30 soldiers have been killed in skirmishes with separatists in the Puncak Jaya regency in the last month, have attributed the deaths to OPM fighters.
However, a spokesperson for the Coalition, Paula Makabori, says there’s no guarantee that the OPM, which is one of the coalition members, is responsible for all the deaths.
She says various militia groups are being used to conduct covert operations in the OPM stronghold area:
“And then they now try to put those militias in the highlands areas – in Puncak Jaya and also in Wamana. We got the information from the locals, especially from the Customary Councils, that these groups are trying to reach the highlands. And then these groups are used by the Indonesian military or security forces as the defenders.”
Paula Makabori

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