The British Embassy to Indonesia has described the situation in Papua as very peaceful and conducive. It is quite different from the information being disseminated by certain groups to the British government in London, she said .
The Special Staff of the British Embassy’s political section, Mrs. Millie McDevit made these comments during a visit to the chief of police in Jayapura, Police Inspector-General Tito Karnavian on 13 December.
Mrs McDevit said that she had made a special visit to the chief of police in order to get confirmation directly from him about information being spread by certain groups who allege that the situation in Papua is far from peaceful.
She went on to say that such information was being spread every time Papuans suffered discrimination by the Indonesian government, especially by the TNI – the army – and Polri, the police force.
She said that after visiting a number of places especially in Jayapura, she could see that things were very different indeed from what is being conveyed to the British government.
“It is nothing like what I expected to find when I first set foot in Papua,” she said. “When people visit Northern Ireland, you can be questioned anywhere, but in Papua you can go out late at night without being disturbed in any way.”
She said that security and development are proceeding very well in Papua and she expressed support for what the police in Papua are doing to combat corruption because combating corruption is the best way to improve people’s welfare.
The police chief Tito Karnavian said that they had provided plenty of information to the Special Staff of the British Embassy’s political section in order to counter all the disinformation being spread about the situation in Papua.
“She decided to come to Papua to check the information,” he said.
Karnavian also said that they had asked the British government to provide the police in Papua with special equipment to check people’s DNA.
At present, the police have to identify people involved in violence and shootings by checking the evidence outside Papua.
“If we have the equipment to check people’s DNA, this will help to enhance the supremacy of law here in Papua,” he said.
Source: Bintang Papua