Security, public order in Papua under control: Gen. Tito Karnavian

Security, public order in Papua under control: Gen. Tito Karnavian

National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian (right) along with Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto (left) at the Papua Police headquarters, Jayapura, Tuesday.

Jayapura (ANTARA) - Security and public order in the provinces of Papua and West Papua are now under control, National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian said.

"We will continue to make efforts in both dialogue and law enforcement. Dialogue and law enforcement in Surabaya, Manokwari and Timika have been carried out fairly," General Tito Karnavian said in Jayapura on Tuesday.

East Java Governor, Khofifah Indar Parawansa, and Surabaya Mayor, Tri Rismaharini, apologized on behalf of the people of the East Java Province after the racial abuse of Papuan students in Surabaya.

General Tito Karnavian also guaranteed the safety and well-being of all the Papuan students.

However, he called on all the communities in Papua and other regions to maintain tolerance and mutual respect.

The national police chief is scheduled to visit Timika on Wednesday.

Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander, Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto, and Tito Karnavian earlier held a dialogue with several representatives of the Papuan customary communities in Biak Numfor District, Papua Province, on Tuesday.

The dialogue, aimed at gaining a clear insight into the aspirations of local community leaders, took place five days after native Papuans in the provinces of Papua and West Papua staged a series of rallies to protest against the alleged act of racism against Papuan students in Surabaya.

Prior to the dialogue held in the VIP room of the Manuhua Air Force Base in Biak, Tjahjanto and Karnavian's entourage was greeted with a traditional dance, but this meeting was strictly a closed-door one.

Chief of the Supiori Tribe, Mananwir Stev Sarakan, informed journalists before attending the dialogue of his keenness to provide inputs to the military and police chiefs on the Surabaya and Malang incidents and on the security situation in Supiori Island.

Through this dialogue, Sarakan admitted to providing information and security guarantee in Papua Province for securing the sustainability of development programs in the districts of Biak and Supiori.

Top military and police officers also partaking in the dialogue comprised General Commander of the Indonesian Army's Special Forces (Kopassus), Maj. Gen. I Nyoman Cantiasa; Papua Police Chief Inspector, General Rudolf A. Rodja; and Chief of XVII Cenderawasih Regional Military Command, Maj. Gen. Yosua Pandit Sembiring.
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