Hendartyo Hanggi, Jakarta – The Indonesian Military or TNI and PT Freeport Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the security of the mining giant in Timika, Papua.
The tie was signed by Commander Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and the corporate CEO Clayton Allen Wenas at the TNI Headquarters, Cilangkap, East Jakarta, Thursday, December 26.
According to Hadi, the mining firm was categorized as a national vital strategic object located in a very remote, difficult area of the province.
"Besides, Armed Criminal Groups (KKB) and escalating, fluctuating security disturbances pose threats there. So, integrated security coordination and synergy are necessary," Hadi said in a written statement Thursday night.
To secure the mining giant, TNI can carry out independent or joint operations, for example, with the National Police. "As we know, TNI is a unit that is trained to carry out tasks in fields with characteristics such as the mining site of Freeport," he added.
With this MoU on the security, the TNI will be able to optimize its units closest to the location of the mining industry, including the newly formed Joint Regional Defense Command III, which also covers the operational area of PT Freeport Indonesia.