Papuan Political Dynamics, Guntur Soekarnoputra Suggests ‘Dialogue of the Heart’ – Political dynamics in Papua have recently been heating up. This case apparently received special attention from Mohammad Guntur Soekarnoputra.

The first son of President Soekarno and Fatmawati has been more silent in observing various developing situations in the country.

However, regarding Papua, Guntur Soekarnoputra felt to compel in expressing his voice. This was recorded when at the Golden Ball Room – Sultan Hotel, Jakarta, Saturday, March 26, 2022, Guntur Soekarnoputra sat at a table with several figures while attending the inauguration of the new board of the Persatuan Alumni [PA] GMNI (GMNI Alumni Association).

Some of the figures who sat with Guntur Soekarnoputra included Siswono Yudo Husodo, who had been a candidate for vice president of Indonesia in the 2004 election, board member of PA GMNI Riad Oscar Chalik, Head of Forkoma PMKRI Hermawi Taslim, and others.

In the small dialogue, Guntur Soekarnoputra said that the key to resolving the dynamics in Papua is ‘dialogue of the heart’.

In his view, this approach was used to be Bung Karno’s last weapon when completing the process of integrating Papua into the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI).

“We must not be discouraged and hopeless to build a continuous dialogue with our brothers and sisters in Papua,” said Guntur Soekarnoputra, who is familiarly called Mas Tok.

Guntur Soekarnoputra’s voice was received positively by the figures during this small discussion, including Hermawi Taslim who is also the Chairperson of Forkoma PMKRI (Communication Forum for Alumni Association of Catholic Students of the Republic of Indonesia).

He said that continuous dialogue is very important. If necessary, the dialog is expanded in scope.

“Continuous dialogue is important, even if necessary, it needs to expand its scope, for example to include a very varied indigenous community, religious leaders and Papuan youth and students scattered in various big cities in Indonesia,” said Hermawi Taslim.

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