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Jakarta Post

Papuan path to peace

  • Neles Tebay

Jayapura   /   Thu, December 22 2011   /  11:31 am

Papua, under Indonesian rule since May 1, 1963, has been a land of conflict. It has to be transformed into a land of peace. For this transformation, a Papuan path to peace is urgently needed.

Seeking to find a proper path to peace, we need to review all polices applied in Papua by the Indonesian government over the past 48 years.

The government has adopted two approaches in its efforts to settle the Papuan conflict. First, the government applied a security approach. It has been manifested through committing state violence against the Papuans, deploying thousands of troops, forming new infantry battalions, establishing new military stations and security posts and sending in more mobile brigade officers. This approach has contributed little to peace in Papua.

The second approach is that of law enforcement. In applying this approach, for example, the raising of the West...