Supporting the Peaceful Efforts Strategy for Dealing with Papua – The community from academics and religious leaders supports the strategy of peaceful efforts to deal with Papua. Improvement of the concept includes changing the tagline of operating to be doing activity in Papua.

In its implementation, efforts to approach security in Papua have indeed received a lot of attention. Papua, the easternmost region that is rich in natural resources, does require special handling. If previously, it was reported related to the recovery of the economic sector, now the security condition is the next concern.

In a meeting held at the Kodam/Cendrawasih Headquarters, TNI Commander General Andika Perkasa held discussions with a small team of religious leaders in Papua. Including academics from Cendrawasih University.

In the event, it was discussed about peace efforts. Andika stated that he had changed the tagline from operating in Papua to doing activity in the region. He also added that he had made a number of internal changes in the TNI for doing duties of protecting the Earth of Cenderawasih.

In the process, the TNI Commander will communicate all suggestions from religious leaders to university academics, to officials and state officials in the capital. For him, the meeting provided new information for the TNI. In order to harmonize efforts for solving problems in the Papua region.

In line with this, Professor of Law at Cenderawasih University. Namely, Prof. Melkhias Betharia said that the issue that must be resolved in Papua is human rights violations that is enough to hinder development in the region. As stated by him, violations of Human Rights create a crystallization of the Free Papua ideology.

Agreeing with this, the Chancellor of the University of Cenderawasih, namely Apolo Safani, stated that his party and religious leaders would help and provide solutions to end the conflict in the Papua region.

The issue of human rights violations has actually existed for a long time. It’s just that certain irresponsible parties want to make things worse. Terrors, provocations to anarchic actions were carried out to attract sympathizers. Because of that, this kind of left wing will easily get what he wants, namely, separating themselves from the Republic of Indonesia and liberating Papua.

In fact, these individuals allegedly have other goals, even ridden by vicious purposes for the sake of profit. Moreover, the problem was complicated and brought to the international level. However, I am grateful that the government apparatus, TNI-Polri and all elements of society are able to defend Papua well.

Therefore, keeping this effort in mind, the following plans should be fully supported. Moreover, the religious leaders in Papua, as well as university academics showed good enthusiasm. They are well aware that the peace of Papua is a shared responsibility. Thus, there is no other way but to unite and find solutions to resolve these various conflicts.

At first glance, development in the Papua region is also reported to have progressed quite rapidly. The building of public infrastructure such as toll roads, highway bridges to the opening of roads for better access can be done. Even, the economy which had slumped due to the attack of the pandemic is also reported to be gradually improving.

Although it doesn’t always run smoothly for it leaves several obstacles, this achievement is said to be quite perfect. Collaboration between elements of society is in fact still a key weapon in realizing the noble ideals predicted by the state.

Ideally, if other regions of Indonesia are able to develop and rise, why not Papua? Whereas, there is a lot of potential that can be explored and boosted for mutual progress. Moreover, the easternmost region bordering this neighboring country has extraordinary value.

So, if the governance is maximized, the security conditions are guaranteed, the development is carried out in a balanced manner, it is not impossible that Papua will be born like a dazzling diamond. Therefore, the efforts or plans that will be conducted must be fully supported. It must be monitored, encouraged until implementation is in line with expectations.

Especially if it is not the cooperation of all parties. Not only the government, the TNI-Polri, religious leaders, academics but also the community must join hands. Self-aware because this peace is a common goal, which is needed for a better, sustainable life which will be passed on to posterity. How proud, if these noble goals are realized perfectly.

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