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Jakarta Post

Demographic tensions in Papua: A time bomb?

  • Cypri Jehan Paju Dale

Jerusalem   /   Fri, December 2 2011   /  09:34 am

With Special Autonomy unable to address long-standing problems facing Papua, development acceleration is the latest government policy in place in the natural-resource-rich province.

The Unit for the Acceleration of Development in Papua and West Papua, known by its acronym UP4B, was formed through Presidential Regulation No. 65/2011. So, to what extent can the acceleration formula can be an appropriate solution, based on an accurate diagnosis of the present multidimensional complexity in Papua?

I consider the policy not only partial, but it also containing intrinsic risks/threats that will potentially worsen the situation in Papua.

According to the presidential regulation, the development acceleration is aimed at “improving people’s welfare” (Article 2) through “socioeconomic” as well as “sociopolitical and cultural development” (Article 5). In this far...