Jakarta (ANTARA) - Welfare and security for the local community are the keys to accelerating Papua's development, according to Vice President Ma'ruf Amin.

"We want to develop Papua, build the welfare of Papua, to create a prosperous but safe Papua. Those are two aspects that cannot be separated," Vice President Amin noted in a statement issued by the Press, Media and Information Bureau (BPMI) of the Vice President's Secretariat (Setwapres), Tuesday.

To materialize accelerated development in Papua, the government has formulated a master plan in keeping with the community's requirements, the vice president noted.

"We are designing a master plan for accelerating development in Papua, which aligns with our view that Papua's prospects should be like this, though we are also heedful of the aspirations of the Papuan people," he noted.

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Moreover, the government will continue to hold dialog and communicate with the people of Papua and West Papua.

"We continue to communicate with them about what they need. Regarding the security approach, we do not want to fight them, but instead, want to protect the community, so that their security is not disturbed," he affirmed.

One of the government's efforts for accelerating the development of welfare for people in Papua is to constantly keep the lines of communication open with traditional, religious, and women leaders, as well as academics.

The vice president emphasized that the government was continuing to develop the requisite educational and health facilities as well as build infrastructure for boosting the welfare of Papuan people.

"Then (we) build training centers to empower people in Papua, and address extreme poverty. We will continue to do those together with the local governments and non-government figures," Amin stated.

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Translator: Fransiska N, Fardah
Editor: Suharto
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