Government does not compromise on West Papua’s independence

Government does not compromise on West Papua’s independence

For the government, the existence of Papua, both Papua Province and West Papua Province, as part of the Unitary State of Indonesia, is final. There is no other way, no negotiation for independence, for separation. (Mahfud MD, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs.)

Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Mahfud MD, made it amply clear that the government opposed to the idea of holding negotiations relating to the demand for Papua’s independence.

Mahfud made the statement in connection with the conflict between security personnel and the criminal armed group in Intan Jaya District of Papua in the past few days.

Violence usually erupted in the run-up to the anniversary of the Papuan independence movement on December 1.

Mahfud drew attention to a referendum, approved by the UN General Assembly, in Resolution No. 2504 that had taken place in Papua in 1969. “Since then, there is no other way for Papua, for certain parties in Papua, to demand independence,” Mahfud clarified.

Speaking in connection with the armed conflict in Intan Jaya that claimed four lives — two military personnel, one civilian and a priest — Mahfud stated that the authority will set up a joint team to investigate the case. “The government will establish a joint investigation team that can objectively look into the case to avoid controversy (around the conflict),” he added.

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