WEST PAPUA SEPARATIST GROUP DENIES RUMORS OF PLANNING AN ATTACK ON FREEPORT

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JAYAPURA, Irian Jaya, Indonesia (July 13, 2001 – Petromindo/IAWP)---A separatist group called the "Satgas Koteka" have denied rumors that they are planning to attack the gold and copper giant mining operation PT Freeport Indonesia in Timika, West Papua.

"I don't know where the issue comes from. But it is clear that we have no plans to attack Freeport," commander of the group's Timika unit Fidel Videlis Zongganau told the local Cendrawasih Post daily.

Fidel suspected that the rumors were deliberately made to allow the military to increase their personnel and expand operations in the Timika area.

Timika Police chief Sumarjiyo earlier said that separatist groups were planning to attack Freeport mining compound in the area early next month. He said that the police, together with the military, had beefed up security in the area in anticipation of the attack.

The West Papua Military Commander, Maj. Gen. Mahidin Simbolon, and provincial Police Chief I Made Mangku Pastika also confirmed that local rebel groups planned an attack on Freeport.

Freeport is owned by New Orleans, U.S.-based Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold.

Fidel said that OPM would inform him if the group plans to make an attack.

Separatists groups in West Papua province have intensified pressure for separation from Indonesia. 

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