President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Wednesday (09/11) led a meeting to discuss efforts to accelerate development in Papua and West Papua provinces.
The president received reports on the latest conditions in Papua and promptly gave necessary directives.
With regard to economy President Yudhoyono has ordered for special attention to and prioritization of programs under the government and budget plans for the acceleration of development in Papua and West Papua.
With regard to people`s welfare he asked the ministers concerned to immediately settle the industrial dispute at PT Freeport Indonesia so that it would not be protracted.
“With regard to people`s welfare I have given the special order so that the industrial dispute at PT Freeport could be managed well and solution could be immediately found. Disputes between workers and companies are common across the world but in this case the government must help so that solutions could be found immediately,” he said.
President Yudhoyono said he would also pay special attention to the ministry of education and culture as well as the ministry of health to assure special programs for the two provinces.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has also called for all law enforcement officials to settle security problems in Papua and West Papua firmly but proportionally and with full respect for human rights.
“With regard to the recent developments in Papua and the settlement of the problems there in political, legal and security terms, I ask for the proper management of political issues in the two provinces. The law must be enforced proportionally and justly,” he said.
President Yudhoyono said security must be maintained because security in essence meant protecting the people.
“I urge all people, especially government officials, to prevent actions that are against the law and human rights. I am sure the law as well as security could be maintained without having to violate human rights,” he said.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the government was always ready to hold dialog with all components in the framework of seeking solutions to the problems and improving the welfare of the people of Papua`s two provinces.
“The possibility of dialog between the central government and the people in Papua is wide open. We must hold a dialog, an open dialog to find the best solutions and options to Papua`s problems,” he said at the opening of a cabinet meeting here on Wednesday.
The President said “I am encouraging the holding of a dialog but it must be done on the basis of three fundamental pillars.”
He said the government would always refer to the three pillars in determining policies and working programs for Papua.
The first pillar. he said, was the Unitary State of Indonesia while the second one was special autonomy for Papua and West Papua and the third acceleration of development in Papua and West Papua as a national priority.(*WPNN)