House Wants Gov´t to Establish Task Force for Papua

Saturday, 11 November 2017 , 15:00:00 WIB -

Bengkulu Regional Police´s (Polda) Mobile Brigade (Brimob) officers are seen conducting a funeral of First Police Brigadier (Briptu) Berry Permana Putra at Balai Buntar Bengkulu Military Cemetery, Tuesday (24/10). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Two villages in Papua are taken as hostages. It shows that issues in Papua can’t be resolved partially. Therefore, the House’s Commission I member Sukamta asks the government to establish a special task force for Papua. The task force will resolve issues in Papua and support foreign diplomacy related to Papua issues.

Sukamta considers that establishing the task force is essential as armed criminal groups in Papua are showing more of their power. We want issues in Papua to be seen in a holistic way, and resolved completely, not partially. Therefore, for the long-term, we ask the government to establish a special task force for Papua, not only to resolve domestic issues in Papua but also to support diplomacy efforts abroad, Sukamta said, as quoted from, Friday (10/11).

He asserts that domestic security approach is essential to be done systematically. The National Military (TNI) and the National Police (Polri) joint force must work carefully as the locals have been taken as hostages. The State Intelligence Agency (BIN) that has successfully embraced a separatist in Aceh must be involved too.

However, the government also has to do a prosperity approach. "Not only providing significant funding with the special autonomy but also how to allocate the funds accurately, and the development must be based on the local culture," he said.

"The development shouldn’t spark a cultural conflict between people. We want the people of Papua satisfied with the development so they have stronger bonds with the Republic of Indonesia," he said.

Regarding the diplomacy effort of the task force in the international world, Sukamta explains that issues in Papua have a wide range of diplomacy. Some countries support Indonesia, and some countries are criticizing Indonesia. Big and small countries have their own interest in Papua. The issue must be resolved in a special way.

"Indonesian ambassadors abroad who have something for Papua are expected to work together, don’t resolve issues in one state individually," said Sukamta. (mag)