IRIAN JAYANS OPPOSE REDUCTION OF FREEPORT`S MINING PRODUCTION

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (June 27, 2000 – Antara)---The Irian Jayan Brotherhood Deliberation Body (Bamusmirja) in Jakarta has questioned the wisdom of a recommendation by the State Minister for Environment on reduction of production by PT Freeport Indonesia.

"This (recommended reduction) would have a serious impact upon the regional tax and the contribution by one percent to the customary (adat) society in the contract area of PT Freeport Indonesia," Chairman Willem Frans Ansanay told the press here on Tuesday.

According to Willem, the production reduction would hamper development in Irian Jaya and instigate conflicts between the receiver of the one-percent contribution and PT Freeport.

In this connection, the deliberation body urged the State Minister for Environment to review his recommendation for the reduction of PT Freeport`s production.

The deliberation body also questioned the reasons behind the suggestion of the House of Representatives (DPR) to review the existing contract with PT Freeport. "Are there positive legal bases to unilaterally abrogate a contract, which has acquired law enforcement?" Willem argued.

Willem maintained that it might be better to refer the issue to the Papua Regional Administration as the consequence of the regional autonomy. Willem also claimed that PT Freeport has always fulfilled its commitments, to the central as well as the regional government.

"But, the mining company has always been blamed (in any conflict)," he said. According to Willem, it would be well advised for the Central Government and the House of Representatives to take the role of mediators in a dialog between the adat society and PT Freeport Indonesia.

KABAR IRIAN ("Irian News") Website: http://www.irja.org/ 

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