The Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said the demand for a referendum as voiced by a group of Papuan people recently was supported by few members of the region`s community.
“Their demand is not popular among people living in Papua island,” said the minister adding that the government would coordinate with related authorities to find the best possible solution to the referendum demand.
“What`s clear now is that the government won`t tolerate any separatist movement because it is related to the sovereignty and unity of Indonesia as a country,” Purnomo said.
Meanwhile, vice chairman of the House of Representatives (DPR)`s Commission I Tubagus Hasanuddin said a referendum on Papua was no longer an issue for Indonesia because it had been settled years ago.
He said the most important thing the government should do in the future was to implement strategies to improve the welfare of Papuans and close the developmental gaps between Papua and other provinces in Indonesia.(*WPNN)