Indonesia Police To Take ‘Firm Action’ Against Papua Separatists

Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

News Release

Antara News Jayapura, Papua

November 29, 2013

The National Police Chief General Sutarman has stated that the countrys police will take stern measures against those wanting to separate Papua from Indonesia.

"We will take firm action against groups or individuals wanting to separate Papua from Indonesia because Papua is part of Indonesia," Sutarman told the press.

The government is paying more attention to Papua and has therefore set up the Unit for the Acceleration of Development in Papua and West Papua (UP4B), particularly to speed up infrastructure construction.

With so much attention being diverted to the region, any intentions to separate from the Republic of Indonesia will not be tolerated, the general said.

The police chief has been on a working visit to Papua since Tuesday.

He signed a cooperation agreement with Public Housing Minister Djan Faridz in Sorong on Tuesday for the construction of 100 housing units for police officers stationed in Raja Ampat.

On Wednesday, General Sutarman visited the Papua Provincial Police office in Jayapura to meet the police officials stationed there.

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