Presidential spokesman: Papua unstable

Recent shootings and stabbings in Papua were proof that the situation in the country’s easternmost region was still far from conducive, Presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said on Wednesday (06/06).

“Movements by separatist groups are still rampant both in Papua and West Papua provinces. We do not want this to happen all the time. Investigations are underway,” Julian told reporters at the State Palace compound.

Shootings by Free Papua Organization (OPM) has occurred in Papua for years but, so far, the police have yet to arrest any of the perpetrators.

“That’s because the geographical realities in Papua are difficult,” Julian said when asked about the matter.

Julian did not disclose the possibility of deploying more police and military officers to the region following the series of bloody incidents.

“We’ll see. Papua is special; thus, its management should also be special. If there is a request from the police, the TNI will proactively provide backup to ensure stability in the province so that Papuans do not become restless,” the spokesman said.

Also on Wednesday, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto said the incidents would undermine the government’s efforts to promote peace and development in Papua.

“The police, with assistance from the military, must immediately bring the perpetrators to justice,” Djoko said.

Source: The Jakarta Post

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