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Papuan DPRD members and Moeldoko discuss current pressing issues

Tempo - September 24, 2019

Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, Jakarta – Dozens of Papua and West Papua Legislative Council (DPRD) members met with presidential chief of staff Moeldoko in discussing the current situation and aspirations from the people of Papua.

Maybrat DPRD member Ferdinando Solossa requested the central government to hold meetings with figures of separatist groups.

"We ask the central government to host a meeting with Papuan figures, especially those that are considered to have opposing ideals such as the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) and the West Papuan National Committee (KNPB)," said Ferdinando on Tuesday, September 24.

He called for such a meeting, if held, must be attended by an independent third party that is neutral and objective which is duly needed to solve issues regarding Papua down to its roots.

However, the meeting was cut short after Moeldoko was suddenly summoned by President Jokowi. Before leaving the Papuan representatives, Moeldoko said that Papua's stability is Indonesia's stability too and that a region's development will not be completed without political, legal, and security stability.

The meeting between Moeldoko and the Papuan and West Papua DPRD representatives continued after Moeldoko returned but this time behind closed doors.

Source: https://en.tempo.co/read/1251734/papuan-dprd-members-and-moeldoko-discuss-current-pressing-issues