Church, a Mainstay of Nonviolence in Papua – Vice President Ma’ruf Amin said that the government was committed to promoting the welfare of the Papuan people as stated in Presidential Instruction Number 9 of 2020 concerning the Acceleration of Welfare Development in Papua. However, the various conflicts still occuring in Papua cause the security situation to be unstable. Ma’ruf requested the church to help resolve the conflict in Papua.

“We agreed, looking for a solution that we should no longer bequeath ongoing conflicts. What we inherit is sustainable welfare development,” said Ma’ruf in his press statement after receiving the Governing Body of the Communion of Churches in Papua (PGPP) at his office, Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

According to Ma’ruf, churches in Papua have an important role in creating peace. “We will find a solution to end the conflict in the not too long time in the future. Then also education with various problems faced, especially the affirmation of the Indigenous Papuans,” he said.

A chairman of PGPP Papua Hiskia Rollo said the PGPP administrators had held a conference to gather problems that occurred in the Land of Papua in order to celebrate the 167th anniversary of the Gospel Preaching Day in Papua, and collected them into recommendations submitted to the Vice President at this meeting.

“Pak Kiai Ma’ruf Amin appreciates the results that we bring in recommendations that can be followed up, in the context of sustainable development throughout Indonesia, and specifically for us in Papua,” said Hiskia.

 PGPP Chair of West Papua Sherly Parinussa said PGPP would continue to support the government to accelerate development in West Papua and Papua and to promote a humanist approach through collaboration with church communities in West Papua and Papua.

“We all know that there are many challenges and obstacles that must be dealt with to bring Papua to its progress. We are here together with the Vice President, in collaboration with FKUB and other public institutions to work together for the sake of ending various conflicts that have become conflicts to accelerate development in Papua,” he said.

Presenting at the meeting were the Chair of the Papuan People’s Representative Council (DPRP)/Chairman of the Evangelical Day Committee (HPI) Jhony Banua Rouw, Jayapura Diocese Pastor Konstantinos Bahang, III PGPP-B Chair Samson Aronggear, a PGPP Secretary Kornelius Sutriyono, Communion of Churches and Institutions -Indonesian Gospel Institute (PGLII) Center Max Fredrik Leatemia, a Treasurer of PGPP Jalahan Sianturi, a Chair of the Jayapura City-wide Fellowship of Churches (PGGS) James Wambrauw.

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