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Government: no negotiation on Papua’s independence

No negotiation on Papua’s independence

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Mahfud MD made it amply clear that the government was averse to the idea of holding negotiations pertaining to the demand for Papua’s independence.

“For the government, the existence of Papua, both Papua Province and West Papua Province, as part of the Unitary State of Indonesia, is final. There is no other way, no negotiation for independence, for separation,” Mahfud clarified at a virtual press conference here on Thursday.

Mahfud made the statement in connection with the conflict between security personnel and the criminal armed group in Intan Jaya District of Papua in the past few days.

Violence usually erupted in the run-up to the anniversary of the Papuan independence movement on December 1.

“Now it occurred again, as there are people, who want to separate. They work in cooperation with foreign provocateurs or make their own movement, and we have to stop and control them since it is against the law,” the minister emphasized.

Mahfud drew attention to a referendum, approved by the UN General Assembly, in Resolution No. 2504 that had taken place in Papua in 1969.

“Since then, there is no other way for Papua, for certain parties in Papua, to demand independence,” Mahfud explained.

Speaking in connection with the armed conflict in Intan Jaya that claimed four lives — two military personnel, one civilian and a priest — Mahfud affirmed that the authority will set up a joint team to investigate the case.

“The government will establish a joint investigation team that can objectively look into the case to avoid controversy (around the conflict),” he added.  

No negotiation on Papua’s independence


A former Dutch colony, West Papua was formally incorporated into Indonesia in 1969, after an undisputed vote of about 1,025 representative tribal leaders. The result of the plebiscite was overseen and endorsed by the United Nations.

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This Blog has gone through many obstacles and attacks from violent Free West Papua separatist supporters and ultra nationalist Indonesian since 2007. However, it has remained throughout a time devouring thoughts of how to bring peace to Papua and West Papua provinces of Indonesia.

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