Manokwari, West Papua (ANTARA) - Army Chief of Staff General Dudung Abdurrachman instructed troops stationed in conflict areas to prioritize Papuans' safety from threats of armed criminal groups.

"Troops stationed in conflict areas, such as Papua, should not aim to kill members of armed criminal groups, but instead, devise ways to provide safety to Papuans, who are intimidated by the criminals," the army chief of staff stated in Manokwari on Thursday.

General Abdurrachman delivered the instruction while visiting troops stationed under the XVIII Kasuari Regional Military Command in West Papua.

The army chief of staff revealed that his visit to West Papua aimed to continue his personal tradition every time he is assigned to a new military unit to meet troops placed under his command.

"This is my personal vow that every time I am assigned to new units, I will observe my operation area, learn issues that hinder my troops, and challenges they face in their assigned areas," he stated.

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Abdurrachman reminded the top brass and troops of the Kasuari Regional Military Command to always be present and never be reluctant to placate the problems often faced by the Papuan people.

He also encouraged army troops to have an endearing approach in their interactions with Papuans by comprehending what they need the most and conceiving solutions to address their concerns.

"As the leader and TNI troops, we must understand situations in our assigned regions. I remind the troops that their presence and contribution must entice the Papuan people to develop a fondness for them," the chief of staff remarked.

Abdurrachman also highlighted the importance of personal conscience and courage in facing challenges in their line of duty.

"Leaders must have sensitivity in every situation to consider the most appropriate way in addressing potential threats to our unity," he affirmed.

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Translator: Hans Arnold K, Nabil Ihsan
Editor: Suharto
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