Hence, law enforcement is used as a supporting function
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia's National Police is preparing a plan to implement Operation Peace Cartenz that lays emphasis on a prosperity-based approach to maintain peace and stability in Papua Province.

Operation Peace Cartenz would replace Operation Nemangkawi that will end on January 25, 2022, National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ahmad Ramadhan noted in a statement that ANTARA quoted here, Tuesday.

The operational plan is being readied to chalk out ways to take action during Operation Peace Cartenz that differed from those applied during the Operation Nemangkawi, he explained.

The actions under the Operation Peace Cartenz would prioritize persuasive and preemptive efforts by focusing on the functions of intelligence and community development and services, Ramadhan stated.

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Such soft approach-based functions would be combined with supporting functions, comprising prevention, control unit (Sabhara), and law enforcement, he explained.

"Hence, law enforcement is used as a supporting function," he noted, adding that Operation Peace Cartenz would come under the Papua police chief's control.

Operation Nemangkawi was launched in 2019 following the massacre of 31 workers of PT Istaka Karya in Kali Yigi and Kali Aurak in Yigi Sub-district, Nduga District, on December 2, 2018.

Papuan separatist terrorists, believed to be behind the brutal killings of the Trans Papua construction workers, also killed a soldier, identified as Handoko, and injured two other security personnel, Sugeng and Wahyu, according to reports.

Papua has been witness to a repeated cycle of violence, with armed groups in the districts of Intan Jaya, Nduga, and Puncak targeting civilians and security personnel over the past few years.

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Intan Jaya recorded its bloodiest month in September, 2020, with armed groups launching a series of attacks in the area that claimed the lives of two soldiers and two civilians and left two others injured.

The acts of terror have continued in 2021. On January 10, 2021, for instance, an Indonesian soldier died in a gunfight in the Titigi area of Intan Jaya District.

On April 25, 2021, Papuan separatists operating in Beoga ambushed State Intelligence Agency (Papua) Chief, I Gusti Putu Danny Karya Nugraha, and several security personnel during their visit to Dambet Village.

Nugraha died of gunshot wounds sustained during the attack.

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