Belitung, Bangka Belitung (ANTARA) - Presidential Staff Chief retired general Moeldoko confirmed President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) will shortly meet Papua’s prominent figures to handle the rioting that had broken out in Indonesia's easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua.

"(This is) because Mr Jokowi is very close to prominent figures of (Papuan) youth and religious and traditional communities. Hence, certainly, (they) will meet," Moeldoko had noted in Tanjung Pandan, Belitung, here on Saturday.

Papua’s condition is showing signs of recovery following tactical measures adopted by the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) commander and Indonesian Police (Polri) chief, he stated.

He called on one and all to not become incited and remain calm.

Moeldoko believes that emotional reactions will give rise to new-fangled problems and make the perpetrators behind the rioting happy, he stated.

Moeldoko backed several parties harboring expectations of the authorities take more stern actions.

However, Moeldoko has appealed to all to not become emotional, as it would also result in wastage of energy.

"For the TNI/Polri, firm action is not difficult, but controlling emotion is quite challenging, so that everything is in order," he added.

Translator: Kasmono, Fardah
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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