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Jokowi advised to sit together with Papuan Separatist Group

Jokowi advised to sit together with Papuan Separatist Group


Translated from Bahasa Indonesia

Monday, 29 December 2014, 15:35 WIB

Director General of the Ministry of Interior for Regional Autonomy, Djohermansyah Djohan advised President Joko Widodo to invite all community groups in Papua for dialogue and sittogether. Without exception the separatist movement which fought through armed physical resistance.

"We must end (the problem) by sitting together at/on the para-para, the place where Papuans do consultation. There should involve all stakeholders including separatist faction both in themountains and outside Indonesia," said Djohermansyah at the interior ministry office, Jakarta, Monday (29 / 12).

The central government, he added, actually has experience in dealing with similar conflict in Aceh. Peace in Aceh could finally be achieved through intensive dialogue. Althoughultimately involve a third party.

"If in Papua no need of having a third party. It is sufficient the dialogue we sit together, the MRP (MRP), governors, academics, the separatists and the central government," saidDjohermansyah.

According to him, all the stakeholders already know exactly the crucial issues in Papua. Namely issues related to economic, political, social, cultural, infrastructure development, andeducation. Dialogue and sat down with living burning problems in every aspect of one by one.

President Jokowi, he added, could take advantage of the momentum of improvement Special Autonomy Law became the Bill of Special Autonomy Plus. The bill actually been proposed in the administration of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, but not been discussed in Parliament.

"I'll stay discussed again with the new Parliament, but previously used to involve all groups. It includes both the separatist group in the mountains or abroad," he said.

Through Autonomy Plus the bill, according to Djohermansyah can be arranged more detail on the management of special autonomy in Papua. For example, the designation of special autonomy funds through programs that benefit is felt directly by the people.

In addition, the bill Autonomy Plus also accommodate people of Papua have of a local party. Separatist movements such as the Free Papua Movement (OPM) could channel his thoughts toimprove the welfare of Papua through local parties.

If President Jokowi really realize their plans to visit three times each year to Papua, according Djohermansyah, peace and acceleration of development in Papua can be achieved.

"If it is executed, meaning throughout his term President will visit Papua Jokowi 15 times. Later, based on the improvements can Papua continuously monitored and ensured its success," he said

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