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Governor, chief of customary council pledge to keep peace in Papua

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, September 8, 2019   /   10:41 am
Governor, chief of customary council pledge to keep peace in Papua Papuan youth grouped under the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) hold a protest in front of Merdeka Palace in Central Jakarta on Aug. 28. In the protests, they rejected racial abuse and demanded the government end the internet blackout in West Papua and Papua. (JP/Donny Fernando)

The government has signed a pact with the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police to maintain peace in Papua and West Papua.

The pact, which was signed by representatives from religious, youth and local communities, was officiated on Wednesday. Papua Police chief. Insp. Gen. Rudolf Rodja, Cendrawasih XVII Military Commander Yoshua Sembiring and Papua Governor Lukas Enembe signed the pact as well. TNI commander Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto and National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian were also present.

The following is the contents of the pact:

"We, the Indonesian people from various tribes, languages and religions, have agreed to declare: 1) to maintain peace and harmony in Papua; 2) to live harmoniously with each other in a peaceful and loving way; 3) to not be affected by inaccurate issues; 4) to reject radical and separatist groups in Papua."

“Let us all live together in peace and maintain peace and harmony since we all live in the same country, Indonesia,” Lukas said as quoted by Antara news agency. 

He also urged people to set aside their differences because every human has the same rights for living.

“I assure you that people who live in Papua will always be safe and hope that Papuans who live in other areas no longer feel restricted and are able to blend in with the community,” he said. (dpk)