Jayapura, Jubi – The Papuan Peace Network (JDP) expresses its condolences for the shooting that killed 10 civilians and injured two civilians by the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) in Nogolaid, Nduga Regency, on Saturday, July 16, 2022.
The civil organization regrets any acts of violence against civilians by anyone, including the TPNPB.
JDP spokesman Yan Cristian Warinussy in a Whatsapp message received by Jubi on Sunday night, said that JDP hoped the National Police Chief and the TNI Commander would handle the case of the armed group attack in Nduga in a measured and thorough manner. JDP believed that the handling method chosen would have a significant impact on indigenous Papuan people in Nogolaid, as well as all the people in Nduga.
Warinussy said the Papua Peace Network had always called for the implementation of a peaceful approach to immediately end various armed conflicts in Papua. The JDP had asked President Joko Widodo to start a peaceful dialogue with all warring parties in Papua.
The Papua Peace Network believes that the state’s current approach, which is continuing to expand the territory through the establishment of New Autonomous Regions, will not end the socio-political conflict in Papua. JDP also called for a halt to the firearms trade across Papua.
“In our view, the conflict in Papua can only be resolved through peaceful dialogue, not through regional expansion or buying and selling of weapons. The Papuan conflict also cannot be resolved with armed violence,” said Warinussy. (*)