The National, Tuesday March 3rd, 2015
 Indonesia is home of the largest Melanesian population and has committed US$20 million (K51 million) for capacity-building in Melanesian countries, Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Masurdi said on Friday.
“Indonesian is home to more than 11 million Melanesian. So Indonesia is Melanesia and Melanesia is Indonesia. We share a common land border and culture with our next biggest Melanesian country, Papua New Guinea.”
Masurdi spoke when meeting with her PNG counterpart Rimbink Pato in Port Moresby.
Masurdi is touring Melanesian countries PNG, the Solomons and Fiji.
6) Islands in focus: Soldiers  on trial for supporting  armed groups 
The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Tue, March 03 2015, 7:21 AM
Three Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers at Cenderawasih Military Command are on trial charged with providing ammunition to armed civilian groups in remote Papua.

The trials of Second Sergeant Martinus Jikwa, village supervisory non-commissioned officer (Babinsa) at Lanny Jaya Military Command, Second Sergeant Arsyad Wagab, and Babinsa member at Kurima Military Command First Private Darius Kogoya were heard separately by the Jayapura military tribunal on Monday.

Military prosecutor Maj. Agung, said the three defendants had supplied ammunition to armed civilian groups and charged them with violating Emergency Law No. 12/1951 on firearms. 

The trial was adjourned to March 5 to hear witness testimonies, such as that of former policeman First Brig. Tanggap Jikwa.

The involvement of TNI troops in the supply of ammunition to armed civilian groups was uncovered after the police were able to arrest Tanggap Jikwa, who was stationed at Nduga Police station, on Oct. 26, 2014, in Wamena. -