The Importance of the Role of Religious and Traditional Figures in the Susi Air Pilot Hostage Case by KST Papua
The role of religious leaders and local traditional leaders is very important to be able to participate in efforts to end the Susi Air pilot hostage case by KST Papua , so as to re- create peace on Cenderawasih Earth .
The Papuan Armed Criminal Group ( KKB) or what is also known as the Separatist and Terrorist Group (KST Papua) continues to stall for time and is not at all serious about opening the way for negotiations regarding the release of Susi Air pilot Philips Mark Marthens .
For information , it is known that the hostage-taking of the New Zealand pilot has entered its 22nd anniversary, which is right since the burning of the Susi Air plane which was carried out by KST Papua on 7 February 2023 .
The lack of seriousness in what was done by KST Papua was clearly seen when previously they had submitted a request in the form of a sum of money and firearms as a requirement to be able to release the pilot . Even though it is very clear that this request is very difficult for the Government of the Republic to fulfill Indonesia (RI).
Apart from that , if indeed the request put forward by KST Papua was a negotiation , then there should have been a certain deadline and clear indicators for the implementation of the negotiation . So if, for example , the deadline has been exceeded , the Government of Indonesia will also have indicators to immediately evaluate whether the ongoing negotiations still have a chance to continue or not .
Whereas in this case , there is absolutely no clear deadline for the Papua KST request . This indicates that in fact they were not serious in negotiating at all , including the release of the Susi Air Aircraft Pilot .
Regarding this matter , the Chairman of the Forum for Religious Harmony in Jayapura Regency , Alber Yoku, in a discussion program on a television station , stated that indeed things that are very important for the people of Papua themselves , especially those in Papua Mountains , are related to transportation issues . Remember , indeed access to be able to get there and carry out the development and advancement of civilization is very difficult , so there is only one possible means of transportation , namely by using air transportation only .
It cannot be denied that according to Albert Yoku , the arrival of pioneering planes since the 1960s brought by missionaries from Germany and the United States was intended to open isolation and bring change to the people of Papua Highlands . So it is very clear development activities Humans in the region are most likely to only be able to do it by air . Including the arrival of religious leaders , intellectuals to other people who contributed to the health sector and so on , all of them used the air route .
The Chairperson of the Jayapura District Religious Harmony Forum firmly stated that the pilots were heroes who were able to break isolation and also become heroes for the existence of a new civilization in the Papua Mountains .
Not without reason , because indeed the sacrifices that have been made by these pilots are not small and easy things at all , because they really risk their lives by flying on short paths and arbitrarily including having to face obstacles in the form of bad conditions . weather .
Regarding the case of the Susi Air plane being taken hostage by KST Papua, according to Alberta Yoku , a mediation and negotiation approach could be carried out based on local wisdom , namely involving the role of the Regents together with religious leaders , traditional leaders and also the Government . Because that ‘s the approach local wisdom , in terms of language , culture and others , they have a fairly strong emotional connection both from all conditions to faith , religion and customary culture .
Albert Yoku emphasized that if this problem causes many pilots to be unable to fly and serve the people in the Highlands of Papua , it is clear that there will be a tremendous setback . So indeed the traditional leaders must be able to talk about the death of this development .
On the same occasion , Political Observer , Ikrar Nusa Bhakti also admitted that indeed the role of pioneer flights and planes to come to the Papua Mountains was very big and very important . So that there are cases of ambushes and even burning like this makes it very difficult sad .
It is possible that a security approach is the last option , it is also possible that the Government of Indonesia has used another approach by bringing in a third person as a mediator , such as when resolving the conflict in Aceh . So that the approach of religious leaders and indigenous Papuan groups is prioritized first . _
The Nusa Bhakti Pledge states that if religious leaders can unite and have the same vision and mission in terms of solving this problem , then they can resolve local customary conflicts . However , indeed peace in Papua is very important not only for the people of Papua and Indonesia alone , but also for international . _
The case of the hostage of the Susi Air pilot by KST Papua must be ended immediately , and therefore the role of religious leaders and also traditional leaders is very important to approach them based on local cultural wisdom . Because it will be able to bring back peace on Cenderawasih Earth .