INDONESIA MILITARY TO HOST COMMUNITY PEACE EVENT

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Allegedly, military aims to repair image in Papua region

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, May 6, 2011) - The Indonesian military, the TNI, is attempting to repair its image among the people in the Papua region, amid perceptions it had been ineffective, along with police, in tackling a recent spate of violent crime.

The Jakarta Post reports the TNI is running a community event over the next four months in Puncak Jaya regency, dubbed Love and Peace are Beautiful.

Tensions in the regency have been high with a series of killings in the last five years.

The military has accused locals of supporting secessionist movements, while residents accuse the TNI and police of rights abuses.

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