Jayapura, 15/4 (Jubi) – Splitting Papua into more provinces is not a solution to address the root of the problems and would be harmful to the people of Papua, Governor Lukas Enembe said.
Enembe said he would rather move to Australia if the government went ahead with the idea to create more provinces out of Papua.
“If the division of Papua province happened then I’d rather be a citizen of Australia, because I don’t want to see the problems and repercussions arising from such a decision. I don’t want to hear and follow developments in Papua. It’s better not to know,” he said during a meeting with regents and the Jayapura mayor.
The governor said he was concerned about proposals by Papuans to divide the province further, saying such a move was not feasible.
“Papuans are not too many. When you split it, it means you give outsiders a space and chance to come and take over Papua,” he said.
“If you look at the current condition of the people of Papua, the proposed creation of new autonomous regions will be threatening the existence of the indigenous people of Papua on their own land,” he added.
“I think such a division would be a death knell,” the governor said. (Albert / Jubi/Tina)