Papuan Students Have a Substantial Role in Developing the Earth of Cendrawasih – The Papuan young generation who is currently studying at various universities must be part of the solution to resolve various problems on Earth of Cenderawasih.

“Papuan Native students (OAP) must be part of the solution, not part of the problem. The way is to study hard. After graduating, return to the Land of Papua to help build their home region, welcome a brighter future, leave the past disputes,” said Imron Cotan, observer of Papua and strategic issues, Thursday (24/2/2022).

He further said that Papuan students had a very important role for a better future for the Earth of Cendrawasih.

The reason is, the government’s affirmative policy has opened up great opportunities for intellectuals or students to achieve a bright future, among others through the job opportunities offered by the government and scholarships.

The former Indonesian Ambassador to Australia continued, the division of new autonomous regions would also open up great opportunities for students. After the study period, the youth can serve as formal and informal leaders in their respective areas.

“Mental of switch is indeed needed so that OAP students have the determination to put themselves as a part of the solution,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, a Chair of the Papua Land Consultative Body Forum, Frans Ansanau and two prominent OAP students, named Charles Kossay and Malkin Kosefa, attended and provided education to around 50 OAP students from the Greater Jakarta area.

They also welcomed President Joko Widodo’s affirmative policies, including the application of a territorial approach in dealing with separatist groups in Papua.

The both of OAP student figures agreed that the Papua problem was in the Land of Papua, not the central government.

“The important thing is how to eliminate the current PTP (Papua Tipu Papua) practices. This is what the central government needs to address, among others, by bringing order to regional heads,” concluded Kosefa.

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