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Papua-Indonesia peaceful dialogue needs a neutral mediator

  • Socratez Sofyan Yoman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 3 2011   /  08:21 am

We have followed the latest developments in Papua through various media reports as well as direct observation, in which violence and crimes against humanity were committed by the Indonesian Military (TNI), the National Police (Polri), Free Papua Organization (OPM) rebels and their fostered groups, as well as unidentified gunmen.

The different comments and views so far voiced have indicated that the separatist movement in the resource-rich province is a result of a lack of attention to public welfare, the need for adequate infrastructure, an indifferent attitude among Papuan officials, shortage of skilled human resources among indigenous Papuans, poverty among the Papuan people, the absence of a clear Papua development concept, and the Rp 28 trillion (US$3.13 billion) special autonomy funding that has gone to only a handful of people.

When Papuan people offered a peaceful,...