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Nduga Regency shifts security approach, moves from military to civil handling

Tabloid JUBI - June 8, 2023

Wamena, Jubi – Nduga Regent Edison Gwijangge has announced a new policy to ensure the security of the Nduga Regency. Instead of being treated as a military operation zone, Nduga's status will be changed to a civil technical area. This means that the Nduga and the Mountainous Papua Province Administrations will be responsible for handling security issues in the area.

"The goal of this policy is to minimize casualties among the community, as well as among the Indonesian Military (TNI) and Police and members of the Egianus Kogoya's group (The West Papua National Liberation Army/TPNPB). We are hopeful that this change will help avoid bloodshed in Nduga and transform the area from a red zone to a green zone," said Gwijangge on Monday, June 5, 2023.

He emphasized that the next few months will focus on making the region safe. This will be achieved through effective coordination and consolidation between the Nduga Regent, the Governor of Mountainous Papua, Cenderawasih Military Commander, and the Papua Police Chief. They will work together to ensure the security and comfort of the community.

The local government has identified priority work programs, including addressing security concerns in preparation for the upcoming political year. The people of Nduga are urged to remain calm and maintain close coordination with the regent. The government is committed to directly handling any issues that may arise, and they encourage the community to report any problems they encounter. (*)

Source: https://en.jubi.id/papuan-peoples-front-demands-immediate-release-of-viktor-yeimo-alleging-discrimination-and-racism-in-legal-proceedings