Director of National Defense Institute (Lemhannas), Budi Susilo Supandji has urged the government to avoid using a military approach to managing Papua, suggesting that monitoring the implementation of special autonomy would be a good place to start.
“We must focus to using dialogues when dealing with these kinds of issues. A military approach is not an option yet,” Budi said Wednesday (09/11).
However, he also said a discussion on the possibility of Papua gaining independence from Indonesia was out of the question.
“We [want to] bring more prosperity and dignity to the easternmost province,” he said.
He also asked the government to accelerate the implementation of the Acceleration and Economic Expansion Development (MP3EI) master plan that sees Papua as one of its top priorities.
“The government should also synchronize its master plan with the work of Bambang Dharmono’s Unit for the Acceleration of Development in Papua and West Papua [UP4B],” he said.
Source: The Jakarta Post