Jayapura, 19/5 (Jubi) – Indonesia’s Interfaith Network (JAII) said it has sought the realization of dialogue between Papua and Jakarta since the JAII 2nd Conference last year.
“We have addressed the Jakarta-Papua Dialogue within the last conference which resulted in an agreement to continue to support the dialogue showing the concrete participation of JAII,” the group’s coordinator Elga Sarapung on Monday (19/5).
She said JAII hoped the Jakarta-Papua Dialogue could be realized despite differences in views.
She said the government has not taken concrete action.
“We didn’t get into the technical aspects of how to realize the dialogue, but we have provided our support since 2011. Furthermore, many colleagues from other regions also support the dialogue. Everyone wants the dialogue to be held peacefully, with no violence,” she said.
Meanwhile the Chairman of the Consultative Forum of Papua’s Religious Heads (FKKPA), Rev. Herman Saud said the Jakarta-Papua Dialogue might be difficult to achieve, but is worth trying.
“If we did nothing, we would gain nothing. So we must invite those who have the same ideas to mutually support. How the regulations established by the leaders could affect the Indonesian citizens is the problem, because the people in Papua feel disadvantage with it,” he said. (Jubi/Arjuna/rom)