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Papua military commander agrees to dialogue approach: We're tired of gunfights

Tempo - November 15, 2021

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – Commander of the Cendrawasih Regional Military Command Maj. Gen. Ignatius Yogo Triyono supports a dialogue approach to be taken in order to resolve the conflict in Papua. To date, the government is still applying a military approach in the easternmost province.

Armed conflicts in Papua continued to occur in recent months. Not only in Intan Jaya, but violence cases also happened in other districts such as Kiwirok, Pegunungan Bintang Regency.

"I agree wholeheartedly. The root of the problem in Papua is not security, but rather welfare," said Yogo in an interview with Tempo Magazine's Saturday (Nov 13) edition.

According to him, the conflicts are becoming more frequent since armed criminal groups or KKB want to show their presence in the province. He argued that what happened recently was not a riot, but a security disturbance.

Yogo said the dialogue approach could be applied in Papua, as long as it is put inside the frame of peace and the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI).

"We are also tired of gunfights because our soldiers fall victims, too, not only the armed criminal groups," said Yogo.

Source: https://en.tempo.co/read/1528626/papua-military-commander-agrees-to-dialogue-approach-were-tired-of-gunfight