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Jakarta Post

TNI to form military commands in Kalimantan, Papua

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 12 2009   /  09:26 am

The Indonesian Military (TNI) is to set up two new military commands in West Kalimantan and West Papua provinces in an apparent bid to revitalize its much-criticized territorial function.Newly sworn in Army chief of staff Lt. Gen. George Toisutta said the move was part of the military’s tireless efforts to maintain the state’s sovereignty over its large territory.“Territorial commands are important for the Army to maintain the country’s sovereignty and to prevent any infiltration by foreign enemies,” he said in a press conference after a job transfer ceremony at Army Headquarters on Wednesday. George replaced Gen. Agustadi Sasongko Purnomo.TNI chief Gen. Djoko Santoso reiterated that the reshuffle had nothing to do with any insubordination, but was part of the military’s internal program to improve professionalism and make adjustments in a rapidly changing situation.He said r...