Let Democratisation Spread in West Papua

West Papuan leaders have requested talks with Jakarta to discuss greater autonomy, and increased democratisation for their region, which would fall in line with positive developments throughout the archipelago. A resolution of the decades-long conflict in Papua, one of Indonesia’s richest regions, could pave the way for Papuans to develop West Papua under special autonomy and have greater say over resources that include vast forests and huge copper and gold deposits.

Damien Kingsbury, an associate professor at Australia’s Deakin University, who advised on the Aceh peace talks says that a deal means Indonesia would have to pull out the military, allow democracy, international human rights monitors, an economic redistribution, and the creation of political parties. “Papua would be looking at creating a more democratic political environment in keeping with Indonesia’s own democratisation. That could contribute to a more secure investment climate for Papua with the support of local Papuans.” A peace agreement and increased autonomy could change how investors such as Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc. (FCX.N: Quote, Profile, Research) — whose Grasberg mine in Papua is one of the largest copper and gold mines in the world — negotiate deals in future, Kingsbury said.
Kingsbury’s argument can explain that greater autonomy by special autonomy regulation can solve the problem in West Papua. However, small number of Papuan opportunist against the process of peaceful development by creating a hostile attitude towards West Papua local government and central government of Indonesia. The hostile actions by the OPM (Rebellion and Terror Movement against Papuan)should be deal with a very careful security method to protect West Papuan civilian. A high-level armed separatist insurgency in the province has resulted in a limited military presence and a climate of mutual suspicion and fear.The OPM will never let the democratisation process successfully touch the heart of ordinary West Papuan. They keep intimidating and terrorising West Papuan. Indonesian Military is in jeopardy, whatever TNI do to protect West Papuan from OPM, it can be twisted by wrong story from OPM international networks.

Please let democratisation spread in the land of West Papua, help us from terrorist and political opportunist who sell our problem for money.

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