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Following his work visit to Jayapura, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Republic of Indonesia, H.E Mark Canning was received by the Head of UP4B, Mr Bambang Darmono on 9 October 2012 at UP4B office in Jakarta. UK Ambassador was chaperoned by Head of UK Climate Change Unit, Jenny Yates.

Ambassador Mark Canning mentioned that he has just visited Jayapura and saw the reality at hand. Ambassador Canning conveyed his appreciation over the policy of economic-approach that has been carried out by the Government of Indonesia in this regard. He conveyed his appreciation over the effort put into conducting the social-economic issue in Papua through the Acceleration of Development Program for Papua and West Papua Provinces (P4B). He mentioned that what UK people and the Government want is the prosperous Papua as part of Indonesia.

Furthermore, they discussed about the work on climate change as one of the priorities laid out in the Partnership Agreement between British and Indonesian Government. In this regard, UK’s climate change work in Indonesia leads by the UK Climate Change Unit (UKCCU) which focuses are, among others, low carbon development and forestry and land use. Currently UKCCU is developing a special mapping project in Papua, funded by the Government of UK. The project costs 15 Million USD is believed to be the most important stage to take in combating deforestation.

“This is an open, small project and is important to further help Papua to manage its resources.” Ambassador Canning said. He also expected to get greenlight from relevant institutions and ministries in carrying out this project. Responding to that, Mr Bambang Darmono said that UP4B will fully support this project. According to the Head of the Unit, mapping and data-collecting would be very important for Papuan people to figure out and later manage their resources.

In answering the question raised by Ambassador Canning on the issue of dialogue, Mr bambang Darmono stated that dialogue process on Papua is built incrementally. It is admitted that the dialogue process is facing difficult challenges. “UP4B exists to accomodate Papuan people’ initiatives which we do all the time. We are open to have a dialogue with all parties, including separatist groups.” said Mr. Bambang Darmono.

Mr Bambang Darmono then describes the priorities of UP4B that are currently being carried out, among others the opening of isolated area in Papua especially in Pegunungan Tengah, health sectors, education, and the local economic empowerement.

The meeting also discussed about the phenomena of corruption and also security issues in Papua. “Security problem is not allowed to veto the development program” said Ambassador Canning. He hopes that in the future there will be more information about Papua to be disclosed, so that more parties especially international societies able to recognize the real problem of Papua including the duty and mission of UP4B. This approach will further allows international community to address the issue in a more positive manner. (Rina - Media Center UP4B).

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