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Jakarta Post

Comprehensive dialogue urgent for Papua

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 24 2012   /  09:12 am

Activists and rights campaigners have called on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to use his visit to Papua next month to initiate a dialogue with all members of the Papuan community to find a lasting solution to tension in the country’s easternmost province.An activist with the Papuan Peace Network, Theo Hesegem, said the only way to end the violence in Papua was by holding a comprehensive dialogue with all stakeholders ranging from local businesspeople, local administrations, indigenous communities and members of rebel groups.Theo added that it was high time for the government to embrace members of the Free Papua Movement (OPM) in a dialogue for peace. “It is corruption that is destroying Papua, not the OPM, which has been condemned as a separatist organization. The central government has intentionally nurtured corrupt practices throughout the country, including in Papua, by not d...