An expert in international law has called on the government to discuss terrorism and the contract dispute involving the local arm of United States-based mining giant Freeport-McMoran during US Vice President Mike Pence's scheduled visit to Indonesia next month. (Reuters Photo/Bryan Woolston)
Gov't Urged to Discuss Terrorism, Freeport Contract During US VP Pence's Visit
BY :JAKARTA GLOBE
MARCH 14, 2017
Jakarta. International law expert Hikmahanto Juwana has called on the government to discuss terrorism and the contract dispute involving the local arm of United States-based mining giant Freeport-McMoran during US Vice President Mike Pence's scheduled visit to Indonesia next month.
The University of Indonesia professor said terrorism is a crucial and common issue that needs to be addressed by both countries.
"It will take a strong partnership to eradicate terrorism," Hikmahanto said in Jakarta on Monday (13/03).
He urged the government to remind the US government not to generalize and label Islamic countries as terrorist nations.
"Such policy will make the fight against terrorism harder," Hikmahanto said. He added that most Indonesians will not approve of policies that harm Islamic countries.
The brewing contract dispute between the government and Freeport Indonesia will also be discussed, two government sources said previously.
Freeport has threatened to take the government to court over newly revised mining regulations that have prompted a major scale-back of its operations in Papua.
Hikmahanto said the government has not done any harm to Freeport in the dispute over the conversion of its 1991 contract of work, known as a KK, into a special mining permit, or IUPK.
"The government has provided a way out by giving Freeport an option to retain its contract of work and refine its mining products in Indonesia, or changing it into an IUPK and still be able to export," Hikmahanto said.
He added that the US government should not put any pressure on Indonesia regarding Freeport.
"Freeport will not be able to shackle the sovereignty of the Indonesian government with the contract of work. If the Indonesian government caves in to pressure from the US government, there are no guarantees that future governments will be more friendly towards Freeport," he said.
Hikmahanto said the US government and Freeport's arrogance could be used by some political groups to increase their support among the public.
The academic said the Indonesian government should also discuss a greater presence of the US military in the Asia-Pacific region to counterbalance the military power of an increasingly assertive China.
Chief Security Minister Wiranto previously confirmed that Pence will visit Indonesia.
In his first official visit as vice president, the former Indiana governor is scheduled to meet with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
"We discussed the planned visit of US Vice President Mike Pence to Indonesia and the strategic problems that can be on the agenda to discuss with our president," Wiranto told reporters after meeting the US ambassador.
He added that no dates have yet been finalized.