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Some Papuans skeptical about UP4B

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Thu, December 8 2011   /  08:40 am

The government’s initiative to accelerate development in Papua and West Papua through the establishment of a special unit led by Bambang Darmono has met with resistance from some Papuans.

“Papuan people have rejected special autonomy status. Now they have offered UP4B. What on earth is that? We Papuan people reject UP4B. What we want is a referendum,” Saul Bomay, former political prisoner, said during a meeting with an entourage from Jakarta in Jayapura on Wednesday.

The Unit for the Acceleration of Development in Papua and West Papua (UP4B) is part of the central government’s policy of addressing the needs of the Papuan people.

As part of the government’s efforts to further this initiative, a meeting was held on Wednesday, which was attended by representatives of Papuan social communities.

Present from Jakarta were Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fau...