Jayapura, Jubi – The Papuan People’s Assembly or MRP held a meeting with the Commander of the XVII/Cenderawasih Military Command and the Papua Police Chief in Jayapura City on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. The meeting discussed the escalation of violence in Papua.
MRP chairman Timotius Murib said that the meeting was held so that the MRP sat down with the Commander of the XVII/Cenderawasih Military Command and the Papua Police Chief and discussed the security of Papua.
Murib emphasized that the state has a responsibility to provide a sense of security for every citizen, including Indigenous Papuans.
“The state and the government have a responsibility to bring a sense of comfort and peace to the people. In addition, MRP accommodates aspirations from the community, students, and various people from conflict areas. It is our responsibility to realize a common solution and create peace in the land of Papua, our home,” Murib said on Thursday.
Murib hoped that the meeting would produce a solution to create peace in Papua. “So that all the Papua problems be solved together. That’s our most important agenda,” said Murib.
According to him, the MRP will form a large team to resolve the problems in Papua. “We will form a big team to solve [various] problems in Papua. [The problem in Papua] needs to be resolved together with all stakeholders in Jakarta. We will continue to discuss so that the problems that the people in Papua struggle with, more specifically the Indigenous People [can be resolved],” explained Murib.
Meanwhile, Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen. Mathius D Fakhiri said that resolving conflicts and violence in Papua was not solely the responsibility of the Indonesian Military (TNI) and police.
“The Papua problems must be resolved together. If the community can participate in maintaining security, that would be better. As for past problems, we really need to sit down and talk about it,” he said.
Fakhiri appreciated MRP’s action to hold a coordination meeting with the TNI and police. He said that his party had listened to various MRP findings.
“We need to evaluate our security approach. Hopefully, in the future there will be things that we can fix, better and more appropriate security measures so that there will be no more conflicts [caused] by the TNI and Polri,” he said (*)
Reporter: Yance Wenda
Editor: Aryo Wisanggeni G