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Jokowi open to dialogue with pro-referendum Papuan leaders

  • Ardila Syakriah and Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, October 1, 2019   /  02:56 pm
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo meets Papuan public figures at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Sept. 10. Jokowi has met with Papuan leaders and residents several times in Jakarta since tensions escalated in the restive provinces in August.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has opened the door for possible dialogue with pro-independence Papuan leaders after a deadly riot hit Wamena, Papua, last week, killing dozens of people and displacing thousands. "There's no problem in just meeting. I will meet anyone who wants to meet me," Jokowi said at the Bogor Palace on Monday, in response to a question of whether he would hold a dialogue with pro-referendum Papuan leaders. Jokowi's reaction follows public calls for the government to hold talks with pro-referendum groups, the National Committee of West Papua (KNPB) and the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) amid the turmoil engulfing the country's easternmost provinces in the past two months. Wamena, which is located in Jayawijaya regency, saw violent unrest erupt on Sept. 23, when a mob, reportedly of native Papua...