Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe urged officials in Papua Province not to use armed civilian groups for political purposes.
“Do not overreact for political purposes. Once you made it, something like this would happen,” said Enembe in Jayapura on Wednesday (24/8/2016) in responding the shooting towards an employee of PT AS Jaya some times ago in Lanny Jaya Regency.
He urged the groups to lay down their weapons.
“From Mulia to Tiom, there’s only a group. They just come and go. They texted me saying that ‘we are only regular people but in publication they said we are OPM (Free Papua Movement), so we want to point a gun on someone’. That’s what they said to me through SMS,” he said.
“So, the officials shouldn’t utilize these men for political purposes,” he added. Enembe further said Papua is part of the Republic of Indonesia, therefore he asked the opposite parties to rejoin. “If you want a freedom, there is no place here. This is a big country. So I suggest better to join and develop this country. Furthermore, it is my duty to develop and change Papuans towards the prosperity,” said Enembe.
When asked about the statement by Lanny Jaya Regent Befa Yigibalom who said he would stop the infrastructure development in the region due to the shooting incident, Enebe said the development in that region has already settled because all access have been connected.
“If the shooting was done by the armed group, there would be no other. But we will continue the development,” he said. (*/rom)