Jayapura, Jubi – Major General Yosua Pandit Sembiring, who recently appointed as the Commander of Regional Military Command XVII Cenderawasih, met Yunus Wonda, the Chairman of Papuan Parliament on Thursday (10/18/2018).
After the meeting where took place in the chairman office, the Commander stated instead of talking about human rights violations they discuss the development in Papua.
“We also didn’t talk about the involvement of military culprits in human rights violations. Even if it was true, I ask for clear information and evidence. We surely cannot rely on rumours, so clear evidence is needed,” he said.
Moreover, he declared his meeting with the chairman was just a friendship meeting and information exchange to improve Papua in the future. “This meeting is solely a gathering to exchange information and experience,” he said.
Furthermore, he said both sides concern about how to make Papua more advanced and how to scale up the capacity of Papuan human resources, including in the field of education.
“From our conversation, I figure out that 100 indigenous Papuans have sent to school outside of Papua. This kind of program needs to be improved because these students can bring Papua to a better direction once they return,” he said.
Similarly, Yunus Wonda said the meeting was just a friendship meeting that not discusses any other matters. “We only talk about general issues, exchange ideas. I only asked him to support us in the upcoming PON 2020 (the National Sports Week Event),” he said. (*)
Reporter: Arjuna Pademme
Editor: Pipit Maizier