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Jakarta Post

Troop withdrawal necessary to start peace talks: Komnas HAM

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 5 2011   /  09:32 am

The government must first withdraw its military and police personnel from Papua if it really wants peace talks to start, says the National Commission for Human Rights (Komnas HAM).

Komnas HAM deputy chairman Joseph Stanley Adi Prasetyo said that a troop withdrawal from Papua would be an “important step” to initiating peace talks between the government and local Papuans, arguing that military activities in Papua and West Papua had prevented dialogue from occurring in the conflict-riddled region.

“Before any dialogue [in Papua] can take place, the government must withdraw its troops,” Stanley said on Friday.

“By [withdrawing the troops], the government would make room for peace talks to occur. Besides, it could show the Papuans that the government was really serious about establishing dialogue with them,” he added.

Stanley said the “excessive numb...