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Jakarta Post

Editorial : (In)secure Papua

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, June 2 2012   /  02:26 pm

Development programs cannot proceed and are practically interrupted in times of conflict or violence. And dialogue, which is universally accepted as the best formula to settle problems of security and order, is not possible in situations of open conflict and violence.

Therefore, dialogue, which has been the commonly agreed mechanism to bring a permanent end to the prolonged, complicated problems of social and economic disparities in Papua (Papua and West Papua provinces) — oftentimes thus associated with sporadic demand for independence — is obviously interrupted. Worse is the fact that such security and order issues have never been properly addressed and in many cases, such problems have remained unsolved, with neither perpetrators nor masterminds having been uncovered or arrested.

The latest violence reported in Papua, where an Indonesian teacher and a German tourist ...