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MPR and Government Agree to Create a Conducive Situation in Papua | by Ricky P.

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Ricky P. | Papuan Student

The chairman of the MPR RI, Bambang Soesatyo, together with the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Mahfud MD, emphasized that the government and the MPR RI agreed to make conditions in Papua (Papua and West Papua) more secure, peaceful and conducive. In the future, the approach taken will not rely on territorial operations, but will strengthen the national emotional humanist approach through various Papuan community leaders. It is no less important to prioritize a welfare approach for the Papuan people.

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“According to Komnas HAM records, throughout 2021 there have been 53 violent incidents in Papua involving TNI/POLRI personnel and armed violent groups. Caused 47 victims, 24 of whom died.”

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In early 2022, acts of violence are still happening. These included the shooting of a member of the Nemangkawi Task Force in the Kiwirok District, the attack on TNI soldiers who were repairing a bridge in the Aifat District of Middle East, the attack on the TNI Post in Gome District, and the shooting of TNI personnel in the Sugapa District.

Responding to these events, Bamsoet stated that the MPR was called upon to develop constructive thinking. Every conflict resolution must be pursued through peaceful deliberation with an open mind, and without violence, so that each issue can be viewed from various perspectives.

“The central government through the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs has made the MPR RI For Papua Communication and Aspiration Forum (MPR RI For Papua) a strategic partner in developing Papua by prioritizing an emotional and humanist approach to nationalism,” he said after a meeting between the Leaders of the MPR RI, MPR RI For Papua and Meko Pohukuam, Mahfud MD, at the Kemenkopolhukam Office, Jakarta, Wednesday, February 16, 2022.

The meeting was also attended by Deputy Chairperson of the MPR RI Ahmad Muzani, Leader of the MPR RI for Papua as well as Member of the DPD RI for the Electoral District of Papua Yorrys Raweyai, Secretary of the MPR RI for Papua as well as Member of the DPD RI for the Electoral District of West Papua Filep Wamafma, Deputy Chief of the National Police Komjen Pol Gatot Eddy Pramono, Deputy Head of BIN Lt. Gen. TNI Teddy Lhaksmana Widya Kusuma, Head of TNI L.

Bamsoet explained that the MPR For Papua consists of 21 MPR RI members from the Electoral District of Papua and West Papua. Consisting of 4 members of the DPD RI for the Electoral District of Papua, 4 members of the DPD RI for the Electoral District of West Papua, 10 members of the DPR RI for the Electoral District of Papua, and 3 members of the DPR RI for the Electoral District of West Papua. They are considered very appropriate to bridge and help socialize various work programs that have been carried out by the central government to the Papuan people.

“We also need support from general chairmen and political party leaders. Because political parties have cadres down to the village, RW, and RT levels, to strengthen the national net in Papua. Therefore, meetings with political party leaders also need to be held by the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs together with the MPR RI for Papua. So that issues related to Papua are no longer of international concern, especially in various trials at the United Nations (United Nations/UN),” said Bamsoet.

He explained that various legal instruments for advancing Papua were already available. Among other things through Law. No.2/2021 concerning the Second Amendment to Law No.21/2001 concerning Special Autonomy for the Province of Papua; Presidential Instruction (Inpres) Number 9 of 2020 concerning Acceleration of Welfare Development in the Provinces of Papua and West Papua; and Presidential Decree (Keppres) No. 20 of 2020 concerning the Integrated Coordination Team for the Acceleration of Welfare Development in Papua Province and West Papua Province.

“It’s just a matter of implementing it correctly and quickly. Reflecting on the implementation of the Papua Special Autonomy Law, from the period 2002 to 2021, the central government has distributed the Special Autonomy Fund and Additional Infrastructure Fund (DTI) of IDR 138.65 trillion for the Provinces of Papua and West Papua. Meanwhile, in the period 2005 to 2021, transfers to regions and village funds (TKDD) to the provinces of Papua and West Papua have reached Rp. 702.3 trillion. Evaluation is needed to measure effectiveness, accountability, and output. So that it can provide clarity on the extent of the budget. The big ones have a real impact on the lives of the people of Papua and West Papua,” said Bamsoet.

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