Jayapura, Jubi – A Papuan legislator, Laurenzus Kadepa, questioned why the government of Papua Province, took part and signed the Declaration of the Melanesian brotherhood in Ambon, Maluku, on last week.
The member of Commission I of Papua Legislative Council on politics, governance, law and human rights said no study has proven that the three other provinces signing the declaration — Maluku, North Maluku and East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) — are also of the Melanesian race.
“I hope Papua government explain the reasons why Papua participated in Melanesia declaration and government must be responsible for whether three other provinces are also Melanesia race,” he said.
“I do not agree with it. There should be first studied by the expert who is independent and not because of political interests, “said Kadepa via telephone to the Jubi on last week.
He continued, It should not because of political interests, or a handful of people that are involved in something that has not been verified. That could lead to polemics in the future, because of race and identity.
“It is so quickly Provincial Government of Papua respond to it without comprehensive study. I’m disappointed with Papua province that too quickly made decisions and signed the petition. This issue of race and the future will be a big impact, “he said.
“So far there has been no official study which calls the Moluccas and NTT are Melanesians like Papua. It’s a matter of race. The future is still long, it must be taken into account, “he said again.
Papua, West Papua, East Nusa Tenggara, Maluku and North Maluku agreed to sign the Declaration of the Melanesian Brotherhood in the city of Ambon, Maluku, on Wednesday (07/10/2015) that attended by President Joko Widodo.
Constan Karma was appointed to represent the Governor of Papua give initials on declaration paper. Even though, the governor did not attend but the Governor of Papua, Lukas Enembe will sign the Declaration of the Melanesian Brotherhood.
“Declaration of the Melanesian Brotherhood Indonesia is related to political interests to the interests of the countries associated with the eastern part of Indonesia. Communities in five provinces that signed the declaration is part of the Melanesian race or group, “said Karma. (Arjuna Pademme/Tina)