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wp Killing a Papua Fighter will not solve the problem, says Indonesian MP

April 8, 2013

JUBI, 8 April 2013

A Papuan member of the Indonesian Parliament, Diaz Gwijannge said that he cannot agree with the decision to place the OPM leader, Goliath Tabuni on the WANTED list. Killing Papuan leaders can never solve the problem, he said.

‘I cannot agree with the decision to place Goliath Tabuni on the wanted list so that he can be killed because this will not solve the problem.’

‘A number of Papuan fighters for independence have been killed, such as Theys Eluay, Kelly Kwalik and Mako Tabuni have been killed but this has solved nothing. Even though that have died, the problem about Papuan independence still continues,’ he said.

No-one has been forcing the Papuan people to call for independence. This is the political ideology of the Papuan people. Even if those who are fighting for independence are killed, the independence struggle will continue,’ he said. ‘There should be dialogue or whatever you want to call it because the solution must be sought by political means.’

”Dont think that we can be deceived. Just see what happened in Timor-Leste. If such things continue, people will call this an act of genocide in Papua. I think that the chief of police should be careful. Dont just accuse people and put them on the WANTED list. There are procedures which must be used which should guarantee people’s right to life. Only God himself can take someone’s life, not another human being,’ he said.

The solution must be comprehensive not just partial, especially considering that the indigenous Papuan people have taken the ethical path to find a solution. The Papuan Peace Network is pressing for dialogue and there needs to be a response to that.from the Indonesian Government by involving the OPM is dialogue.

‘Aceh and Papua are very much the same, there is no difference between then. It is indeed true that GAM’s struture was very well organised. So why is it that the Acehnese conflict was resolved by the Helsinki agreement, but this is not possible for Papua? This means that there is discrimination between the two.’

Moreover there is inconsistency in the Government’s policy towards Papua. They were granted OTSUS – Special Autonomy – but there has been great inconsistency in its implementation. The central government has also divided the territory which has frequently led to conflicts between the Papuan people themselves.’

The two sides must sit down together for talks. And if necessary a third party should be involved, as was the case with GAM. Why cant Papua be handled in the same way? It would appear that the Indonesian government is not serious about finding a solution with the result that acts of violence continue to occur,’ said Gwijannge.

[Translated by TAPOL]

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