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House Speaker: Government must prioritize peace diplomacy in Papua

Peace diplomacy in Papua

Jakarta (ANTARA) – House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani urged the government to engage in peaceful diplomacy to resolve the conflict in Intan Jaya district, Papua, arguing that humanity needs to be prioritized in addressing issues on Papuan land.

“[The government needs to] Carry out peaceful diplomacy while prioritizing humanity in facing various cases in Papua,” Maharani said in a statement released in Jakarta on Tuesday.

She asked the government to pay serious attention to the number of cases involving violence being reported from Intan Jaya district of Papua, and especially focus on social protection insurance for the civil society.

She further said that at the moment, the government’s attention has been manifested in the channeling of the special allocated fund (DAK), which needs to be balanced with supervision to ensure that its use is right on target and the intended benefits are realized.

She also lauded the steps taken by the joint fact-finding team (TGPF), which has committed to completing the investigation in the shooting case in Intan Jaya.

“The House of Representatives appreciates the commitment of the joint fact-finding team (TGPF) to complete the investigation, despite being the target of an armed criminal group (KKB) in Intan Jaya, Papua,” she said.

TGPF Intan Jaya was formed by the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Mahfud MD, to probe a shooting in Intan Jaya a few weeks earlier.

The team comprises community leaders, religious leaders, youth leaders, witness protection agencies, members of the military and police forces, as well as the intelligence agency.

Peace diplomacy in Papua


A former Dutch colony, West Papua has formally returned to Indonesia in 1969.

The undisputed vote of about 1,025 representative tribal leaders has chosen to join Indonesia.

The United Nations endorsed the result of the plebiscite and the world recognized West Papua as part Indonesia.

West Papuan people have elected the leaders of Papua and West Papua provinces.

The election in West Papua has strengthened the legality of the region as a province of Indonesia.

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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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