Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Customary Council has decided in its recent plenary meeting on Oct. 10, 2021, to cancel the 4th Papua Customary Council Great Conference in Kaimana.
Papua Customary Council secretary of Great Congress version Wilem Rumaseb said that the plenary recommended a reconciliation within the organization before holding the conference.
“[The plenary] encourages reconciliation between the leaders of the Papua Customary Council, leaders of the seven Customary Lands, leaders of the Regional Customary Councils, the Tribal Customary Councils, tribal chiefs, indigenous people, and institutions under and partners of the Papua Customary Councils,” he said.
Meanwhile, Papua Customary Council chairman of Great Congress version Dominikus Surabut said the organization rejected all activities that deviated from the organization’s vision. He said the upcoming conference in Kaimana was not in accordance with the guidelines.
“We want this forum to be used as a medium to fight for the fate of the Indigenous Papuans, not just a pragmatical tool,” Surabut said in a written statement. “We need a forum that is solid and strong,” he added.
Surabut said his party encouraged the 4th Great Conference to be held in 2022, with thorough planning by all stakeholders and after resolving internal conflicts.
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