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Jakarta Post

Jakarta, TNI ‘must directly talk to Papuans’

  • Nethy Dharma Somba and Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura/Yogyakarta   /   Wed, November 23 2011   /  08:37 am

Erfi TriasunuThe Indonesian Military (TNI), lawmakers and experts all agree that Jakarta must directly talk with Papuans who have separatist aspirations to immediately end conflict in the province as the international community continues to urge Indonesia to respect human rights there.

Papua Military Commander Maj. Gen. Erfi Triasunu said in Jayapura on Tuesday that all differences between separatists, or the so-called Free Papua Movement (OPM), and the government could be resolved through dialogue.

“We have seen a series of clashes in recent weeks, but they happened because there was lack of communication. I am sure if we can talk, then we will avoid conflict.”

Concerns have increased over the latest violence in Papua, especially the fatal shooting on Oct. 19 in Jayapura during the third Papuan People’s Congress, which attracted a crowd of about 5,000 Papuans....