Jayapura , 29/4 ( Jubi ) – All provinces, including Papua, are expected to be able to handle security problems, including communal conflicts , according to the secretary to the Coordinating Ministry for Security Political and Legal Affairs.
“There is a Presidential Decree No. 2 of 2013 concerning handling domestic security issues. It was issued in response to conflicts that are usually caused by regional policies such as the issuance of land permits, mining permits, etc,” said Lt. Gen. ( TNI ) Sulistiono said after opening a meeting on handling security issues.
The event was attended by 12 provinces , Papua , West Papua , Maluku , North Maluku , South Sulawesi , Southeast Sulawesi , North Sulawesi , West Sulawesi , Central Sulawesi , West Nusa Tenggara , East Nusa Tenggara and Gorontalo in Jayapura on Tuesday ( 29/4 ).
Sulistiono said that governors, ministers and the mayors should cooperate with police and security forces to deal with security problems as it is not police or security forces’s responsibility only.
“Resolutions of conflict among citizens can not be handled by police. Police duty is to stop clashes and not to handle the problems,” he said .
The regional heads should be responsible for all issues in their areas and the government must provide the comfort and welfare for its people.
“If there is a conflict, citizens always blame the security forces. That’s wrong as the root of the problem is not triggered by the police but it is likely due to local policies. The local government must resolve them. The police simply restore security when there is a conflict, “ he said.
Papua Police spokesman Senior Commissioner Sulistyo Pudjo Hartono said, with the Presidential Directive , the police will work better systematically and simultaneously with other agencies.
“We need to work hand to hand in handling the conflict. The more important is a matter of budgeting. It is local government responsibility to fund and deal with various problems in Papua, according to Presidential decree, ” Hartono explained . (Jubi/Indrayadi TH/Tina)