Governor of Lemhannas: Resolving Papua Conflict Through a Combination Approach

Governor of the National Resilience Institute (Lemhannas) Andi Widjajanto revealed that conflict resolution in the Papua region uses a comprehensive combination approach.

Andi explained that Lemhannas had made a strategic study related to conflict resolution in Papua, which has been submitted to Vice President Ma’ruf Amin.

“The approach is still a comprehensive combination approach, so it is between soft and hard, between welfare, culture, and security. During a limited meeting chaired by the Vice President, there were seven options from Lemhannas that we presented, but basically, we saw that firstly, there has been an increase in violence in Papua over the past eight years, so we must find breakthrough solutions to ensure that the violence does not escalate,” Andi told BTV at Commodity Square Building Jakarta, Monday (8/5/2023).

Furthermore, Andi sees a strengthening of separatist networks in Papua, for which a counter-network approach must be designed to break various separatist networks.

“Second, we see a strengthening of separatist networks in Papua so that counter-network approaches must be designed to break the network of violence and also break the networks supported by international movements and break the networks that exist on media platforms so that the stability of peace in Papua also correlates with our efforts to break the networks in Papua. Then, our suggestions for counter-network policies that use the communication approach are one of the studies being offered in Lemhannas,” Andi explained.

Meanwhile, Andi revealed that Lemhannas has also studied the four new autonomous regions (DOB) in Papua, focusing on development and strengthening of socioeconomic indicators.

“Basically, the study of the new autonomous regions found that there is a positive correlation between the focus of development, especially the allocation of funds, village funds and special autonomy with the strengthening of social economic indicators in Papua which will make it easier for both the Central and Regional Governments to focus more on areas that indeed have low index numbers, especially in the central, and mountainous regions. So far, in terms of topography and population distribution, these must also be priorities to be handled together,” Andi said.

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