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Chair of Strategic Papua Analysis Laus Rumayom: Papua is an Inseparable Part of the Republic of Indonesia

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Papua – Head of Strategic Papua Analysis, Laus Rumayom, said that according to international law, Papua is an inseparable part of the unitary state of the Republic of Indonesia. No one can sue and separate Papua from Indonesia

“I think that according to international law, Papua is already a legitimate legal part of the Republic of Indonesia, and also from international politics we can study the history of Papua when it experienced a period of transition, from the 60s to 69 there was indeed a pepera that “more visible to the public both in Papua and also at the national and international level,” said Laus Rumayom during an interview on the Matoa TV Highlights Program, Wednesday 24 January 2024.

The Head of Strategic Papua Analysis added that according to international law, Papua is legally part of the Republic of Indonesia and therefore Indonesia has a great opportunity to develop a better, more advanced Papua. Of course, with the legal basis that I conveyed, it is a very strong foundation for how to The acceleration of development in Papua was carried out, because Indonesia in general other provinces were more advanced and we were only integrated in the 60’s-69, perhaps development only took place around the 70’s or 80’s so speed was needed to catch up with development.

Meanwhile, Laus Rumayom believes that the Papua KKB issue must also be seen from the “actors” who have an interest in the conflict occurring in Papua. It is possible that there are foreign parties who have interests in Papua.

“I think this is interesting because if we look at the parties involved in the Papuan issue, we cannot see it from the context of the KKB because we need to understand that anyone who has an interest in the Papuan conflict might also be America, maybe it could be China, maybe it could be Russia. , maybe it could be Australia, the countries that have an interest in natural resources here, and also don’t forget that the Papuan conflict, especially armed conflicts and their inflactions, etc. of course it’s not just the conflict that we understand as a criminal conflict, for example armed criminals, but also “We need to look at understanding it in the context of global conflict management,” said Laus.

“I think the hope for the future is to strengthen peace studies and conflict resolution and also how these studies can become a guide for building a civil society in Papua that understands what kind of conflict this is, if there is a conflict between indigenous Papuans and non-OAP, how is the resolution, what mechanism is in place? If this is built between indigenous Papuans but related to ideological differences with the government, what should be done, or we also see horizontal conflicts between indigenous Papuans and indigenous Papuans regarding land boundaries or between tribes, peace studies or peace education and conflict resolution will be “a concept that helps our society from a religious perspective, from a traditional community perspective, from the perspective of communities within society,” explained Laus Rumayom. 

On the other hand, APS Chairman Laus Rumayom believes that accelerating development must be carried out using several approaches as echoed by President Joko Widodo.

“I remember very well according to Mr. President Jokowi’s direction since he announced the acceleration of Papua’s development through Presidential Instruction 9 of 2020, namely, there are 3 things he always conveys, namely first, building Papua with a new paradigm, second, building Papua must take a new leap, third, building Papua must with a new approach, namely an anthropological approach and a sociological approach,” concluded Uncen Lecturer Laus Rumayom.

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