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Jakarta Post

Papua needs a negotiated affirmative policy

  • Neles Tebay

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 20 2010   /  12:14 pm

The year 2010 has been very special for Papuans. It is in this year that the central government has turned its attention to Papua.

The government’s attention was manifested by a historic joint visit of three coordinating ministers to Papua.

The government began to pay attention to Papua, above all, due to a symbolic protest on June 18 where demonstrators “handed back” Papua’s special autonomy status to Jakarta.

Through the action Papuans conveyed a message that the government’s policy of special autonomy was no longer the best or a realistic solution for the Papuan conflict.

The protestors contended the auto-nomy law failed to bring prosperity to indigenous Papuans in the 10 years since its enactment.

Many Papuans still live under the poverty line. They are among the poorest people in Indonesia, although the province is rich in natural reso...