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Papuan tribal leaders to hold grand assembly

May 5, 2015
1) Papuan tribal leaders to hold grand assembly
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Archipelago | Tue, May 05 2015, 11:58 AM –

Tribal leaders and kings from seven tribal regions across Papua are scheduled to hold a grand assembly at Khalkote in Jayapura regency from May 8 to May 14.

"The meeting is expected to discuss ways to improve participation in the improvement of the welfare of local people," Agustinus Donel Ohee, chairman of the assembly committee, said on Tuesday as quoted by Antara news agency.

Ohee said that the assembly would also discuss and search for solutions to various problems that frequently arose among tribal communities.

Other issues to be discussed will include customary rights and land boundaries, implementation of the special autonomy law on Papua and a promise to set aside 14 seats at the Papuan Legislative Council and who will be chosen to represent them.

"The meeting will talk about important internal issues that have not been settled so far," he said.

"We know the autonomy law has been implemented for the last 10 years, but the role of the tribal leaders is not seen there. This is what we will discuss, including recommendations to the government for better attention," he added. (hhr) (++++)

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