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Papua's security personnel tasked with safeguarding development agenda

Antara News - May 27, 2021

Laily R, Rahmad Nasution, Jakarta – Indonesia's army and police personnel deployed in Papua are entrusted with enforcing the law against armed terrorist groups and safeguarding the government's development agenda in the easternmost province, a high-ranking police officer stated.

"All personnel are tasked with informing (the public) about Papua's development outcomes and map the necessities of Papuan communities," National Police Chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo noted in a press statement that ANTARA received here, Thursday.

Prabowo and Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto met the Nemangkawi Task Force members and Papuan figures in Sentani, Jayapura District, as part of their agenda during their work visit to Papua on Wednesday.

He echoed the government's serious concerns and emphasis on Papua's development programs to usher in prosperity for all Papuan communities, he noted, adding that the task force personnel's presence in the province is aimed at backing the development agenda.

"The government is highly concerned about Papua's regional development programs, including infrastructure, though the outcomes are not all Papuans are yet benefited," he pointed out.

Prabowo and Tjahjanto held a closed-door meeting with several Papuan figures to discuss several matters related to Papua, including that pertaining to Papua's special autonomy draft bill.

Prabowo laid emphasis on safeguarding the continuation of Papua's special autonomy to enable the government to boost the prosperity of all Papuans.

Meanwhile, at the meeting with the Nemangkawi Task Force personnel, TNI Commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto drew attention to the significance of winning the hearts and minds of Papuan communities to ensure their sustained loyalty to the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI).

"The TNI and National Police personnel stand united with the 'Noken' community and for offering territorial services. Please also maintain good synergy within security elements," he stated.

Apart from meeting with the task force personnel and Papuan figures, both Prabowo and Tjahjanto also observed preparations for Papua's PON National Games and National Para Games (Peparnas) to be convened in October 2021.

Over the course of the last few years, armed Papuan terrorist groups have also employed hit-and-run tactics against Indonesian security personnel and mounted acts of terror against civilians in the districts of Intan Jaya, Nduga, and Puncak to create a sense of fear among the people.

Construction workers, motorcycle taxi (ojek) drivers, teachers, students, street food vendors, and also civilian aircraft were the recent targets of such terror acts.

On April 25, 2021, for instance, Papuan separatists operating in Beoga ambushed State Intelligence Agency (Papua) Chief Maj. Gen. I Gusti Putu Danny Karya Nugraha and several security personnel during their visit to Dambet Village.

Following Nugraha's fatal shooting, President Joko Widodo ordered the TNI and National Police to track down and apprehend all members of armed separatist and terrorist groups operating in Papua while emphasizing that they had not place within the Indonesian territory.

Source: https://en.antaranews.com/news/175318/papuas-security-personnel-tasked-with-safeguarding-development-agend