Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc.is the world's biggest Copper & Gold miner and its Grasberg mine on the Indonesian province of Papua has the world's largest reserves of Copper and Gold.
Although Freeport has been mining in Papua since early 1970s, however according Reuter until now it owns 90.64 percent of PT Freeport Indonesia, which operates the mine, while the Indonesian government owns the remainder.
The mine has been a frequent source of friction in Papua because of its environmental impact, the low share of revenue going to local Papuans and the legality of payments to Indonesian security forces who help guard the site.
Local separatist movement have been attacking the mine for many years, killing Indonesian and foreign workers. But so far the military and police generally keep a tight rein on the province.
Last Thursday, two senior security officers of PT Freeport were killed when their car was overturned and burned around 37 miles from the huge mine. One day earlier, two other people were wounded in a shooting nearby. Other workers on the mine have demanded better security.
To the family of both victims, I would like to express my sympathy and condolence.
I hope that our government would not only react by sending more security troops to the Freeport mine but also pay better attention on the real causes of the problem there i.e very unfair share of revenue for the central government and well as the province. Freeport MacMoran's share of 90.64% is absolutely unfair.
Further Freeport must be asked to be fully responsible for all the environment damages their mining operation has done to the area and its surrounding.
Furthermore, the central and provincial governments should accelerate the building in the province, especially infrastructure, education, industry, plantations, etc.