Arjuna Pademme, Jakarta – Chairman of Papua Legislative Council's (DPRP) Special Group John NR Gobai said that the Papua provincial government must immediately respond to the situation in Intan Jaya Regency, which has returned to turmoil in the past weeks.
The lawmaker said that armed conflict between the security forces and the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) had caused the residents of Intan Jaya unable to live in peace. The people are always worried because they can become victims of armed conflict at any time.
"A few days ago, I met with the community leader of Intan Jaya and the Papua regional secretary. Representatives of the Intan Jaya community expressed their aspirations. I hope there will be concrete steps from the administration to solve the armed conflict in Intan Jaya," Gobai told Jubi on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021.
"I think not only the Papua administration but also the DPRP and the Papuan People's Assembly must act institutionally. We cannot remain silent about the current situation in Intan Jaya," he added.
Gobai also hoped that the Papua administration could continue the aspirations of the Papuan people to the central government.
Meanwhile, DPRP speaker Jhony Banua Rouw said that his party planned to invite the Papua People's Assembly (MRP), the Indonesian Military (TNI) and police leaders in Papua, as well as community leaders, to discuss the prolonged conflict and violence in Papua.
"In the near future, we will invite the MRP, traditional leaders, religious leaders, TNI-police leaders, and local governments," said Rouw.
He said that the DPRP wanted to facilitate all parties to formulate a new approach in resolving the Papuan conflict.
Rouw further appealed to the warring parties including the TNI, police, and the TPNPB not to continue the conflict that had been harming the community. "I urge the TNI and police and the TPNPB not to engage in conflicts which only harm the community, especially women and children who are impacted the most," he said.