Papua’s new police chief vowed to take a grassroots approach to stopping the violence that has plagued this restive province during his swearing in ceremony on Friday.
“I will approach the Papuan society at the grassroots level,” Insp. Gen. Tito Karnavian said. “This is a matter of hearts that we have to touch. I don’t think my background will be a problem because when we talk of matters of the heart, we no longer differentiate between ethnicity, religion or race.”
Tito Karnavian, 47, holds a masters degree in strategic studies and a certificate in terrorism studies from the Nanyang Technological University Singapore.
He replaced outgoing chief Insp. General Bigman Lumban Tobing in a ceremony at the National Police headquarters in Jakarta on Friday.
Tito told the crowd that the region’s violence can be curbed through enforcement.
He declined to detail the department’s plan for addressing a recent spate of violent attacks near Freeport MacMoRan’s Grasberg mine.
“Give me time. This needs to be evaluated,” Tito said.
Free Papua Organization (OPM) gunmen have opened fire on Indonesian Military (TNI) and Freeport security vehicles twice in recent weeks.
Indonesia has been fighting against an insurgency waged by armed pro-independence groups like OPM since 1963.
Source: The Jakarta Globe