Consensus should resolve objection against Papua mosque tower: Minister

Consensus should resolve objection against Papua mosque tower: Minister

Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin. (ANTARA /Puspa Perwitasari )

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin has called for a consensus to resolve the objection against a mosque`s tower constructed in Sentani, Papua Province.

"Resolve it through a consensus. We will support the steps taken by prominent religious and traditional figures as well as officials of the local administration to arrive at a common consensus," Saifuddin noted in a press statement, here, Monday.

The Association of Churches in Jayapura has demanded the demolition of a tower of Al Aqsha Mosque located in Sentani, Jayapura, as it is higher than the church buildings in the area.

The minister said he had contacted several religious leaders in Papua and supported a plan to hold a productive dialog involving the concerned parties.

"I have communicated with Papua`s prominent Muslim figures, the chairman of the Indonesian Churches Association, and the Inter-Faith Harmony Forum in Papua to help solve the problem," the minister stated.

The unity of the nation should be prioritized in dealing with the issue, he added.

The minister has instructed his personnel in Papua to help facilitate the dialog and negotiation processes to deal with the problem.

Reported by Anom Prihantoro
(f001/INE)
(T.SYS/B/KR-BSR/B/H-YH)

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