Considering 13 Regencies/Cities Supporting DOB – Regional heads in 13 districts and cities all over West Papua Province support the implementation of special autonomy (otsus). They also encourage the formation of new autonomous regions (DOB) based on the mandate of Law Number 2 of 2021.

The support was expressed by 13 regional heads through the signing of a statement of attitude at the opening of the Regional Working Meeting (Rakerda) of regents and mayors throughout West Papua at the PKK Building of West Papua Province, Manokwari, Tuesday (14/6/2022).

An Acting (Pj) Governor of West Papua Paulus Waterpauw said that their commitment showed that West Papua Province complied with the principles and laws and regulations that apply in the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI).

“If yesterday there were still ripples of ‘rejecting’ special autonomy and new autonomous regions, today it is over. As many as 13 regional heads have expressed their support, witnessed directly by the alliance of Papuan and Nusantara Tribal Heads, cultural institutions, and community leaders,” said Waterpauw.

It was also said that the statement of support and aspirations for the new autonomous regions would soon be combined with the aspirations of the tribal chiefs before being submitted to the Minister of Home Affairs, DPR RI, MPR RI, DPD RI, to President Joko Widodo in Jakarta. “We get ready to facilitate up to Mr. President Joko Widodo. That West Papua fully supports all development programs from the central government aimed at the welfare of the people through special autonomy and autonomous regions,” said Paulus Waterpauw.

He mentioned 13 regions getting ready to receive special autonomy and autonomous regions, namely Manokwari, Kaimana, Fakfak, Teluk Wondama, Bintuni Bay, Raja Ampat, Tambrauw, Maybrat, South Sorong, Arfak Mountains, South Manokwari, Sorong City, and Sorong Regency.

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