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Jakarta Post

President applauded but urged to act over Papuan issues

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Sun, July 1 2012   /  08:32 am

Papuan leaders have applauded President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s open-handed stance for dialogue over Papuan issues and urged him to put the statement into action.

Taha Al Hamid, the secretary-general of the Papuan Council Presidium (PDP) called for the establishment of a team to facilitate a dialogue between the central government and Papua administrations.

Neles Tebay, the chairman of the Papua Peace Network, pointed out the need to appoint figures with credibility acclaimed by international peers and integrity trusted by Papuan people.

“The team’s members should not necessarily be those from government institutions, bureaucracy or the Papuan Consultative Assembly (MRP). They must be figures with credibility and integrity,” Neles said in Jayapura on Saturday.

The team is expected to draw up the format, aims and mechanisms of the dialogue.