POLICIES IN PAPUA AND WEST PAPUA NEED TO LEARN FROM THE CASE OF EAST TIMOR
The problems of Papua and East Timor actually have similarities. Although East Timor is completely different from Papua and West Papua, the legal status in Papua is also 100 percent safe (different from East Timor which was not safe because it was not recognized by the UN), but until now there is not a single government agency, neither the State Intelligence Agency (BIN). , Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bappenas, and others who took lessons learned from East Timor so that they could be taken as lessons for dealing with political and security issues in Papua.
Indeed, in Papua today we are much safer. However, the political and security issues have many similarities with East Timor, where there is a group of people who are dissatisfied with the management of policies in Papua. How to deal with them? In my opinion, we should not repeat the same things that happened in Timor Leste, also in Papua.
As a person who has lived in America for a long time and served as an ambassador there, America itself always has an in-depth study, an all-out study, up to thousands of pages of studies, regarding what mistakes were made, where the problem is, and so on. However, for East Timor, until now there has been no official government study regarding what happened, how we did wrong, what we did wrong, in East Timor and how to prevent it in the future.
The biggest question at this time is that although what the Indonesian government has done in economic development in East Timor is extraordinary, all these enormous development funds and strategies have not succeeded in suppressing separatism in East Timor at all. So the government ranks, especially intelligence, need to plan so that the indulgence and economic facilities that we have given to Papua and West Papua will transform into a change in the political attitude of people who have been against Indonesia.
(Extracted from the statement of Dr. DinoPatti Djalal, M.A. in the Webinar Institute with the theme: New York Agreement and Papua Development, on August 16, 2021)
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