Photo: High Command of the TPNPB-OPM, Major General Lekagak Telenggen (left) and General Goliath Tabuni (right).
18.07.19: Gen. Goliath Tabuni and Maj. Gen. Lekagak, the High Command of the TPNPB-OPM (West Papua National Liberation Army-Free Papua Movement) have issued a statement declaring that they are ready for war against the Indonesian Colonial Military.
The statement said that all military leaders of the TPNPB-OPM met in Ilaga, Papua to make preparations for the continuation of guerrilla warfare against the Indonesian Military occupation in the ancestral lands of the Papuans. The military leaders are all opposed to the presence of Indonesian Colonial Military and police in the Puncak Jaya Regency, Puncak Papua Regency, Intan Jaya Regency and the Tembagapura Districts of Papua.
The leaders of the TPNPB-OPM also issued an invitation to international media to immediately enter West Papua to report on the conflict. They stated that they are about to “…carry out serious and open guerrilla warfare against brutal and inhumane oppression and occupation by the Indonesian Military in the Land of the Papuan Nation.”
The invitation was issued by High Commander of TPNPB Gen. Goliath Naaman Tabuni, TPNPB General Operations Commander Major General Lekagak Telenggen, Defense Region Commander of Sinak Bridgen Militer Murib, Defense Region Commander of Ilaga Penny Murib, Defense Region Commander of Intan Jaya Bridgen Ayub Waker, Hengky Wamang Personnel Staff of Defense Region Command of Kali Kopi Timika, Defense Region Commander of Jambi, Puncak Jaya regency, Defense Region Commander of Kwijawage and all TPNPB-OPM Personnel.
The statement also called on journalists from media outlets in Indonesia to defy restrictions and repression from the Indonesian government, military and police and report on the conflict.