Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT) has emphasized that the violence perpetrated by Papuan armed separatist groups (KKB) bears elements of terrorism.

"In the Terrorism Law, it regulates the relationship between (terror) crimes that have ideological motives, political motives, and security disturbance motives," head of the BNPT Commissioner General Boy Rafli Amar said in Jakarta on Tuesday.

The actions, violence, or crimes committed by the KKB in Papua fall into the categories outlined in the law on terrorism, he added.

In other words, Law Number 5 of 2018 concerning Amendments to Law Number 15 of 2003 concerning the Stipulation of Government Regulations in Lieu of Law Number 1 of 2002 concerning the Eradication of Criminal Acts of Terrorism into Laws can be applied to every Papuan KKB member because their actions involve criminal offenses, Amar explained.

He said that Indonesia has had laws regulating terror crimes since five years ago.

So far, many former Papuan KKB members have returned to pledge support to Indonesia, he added. However, he did not mention how many Papuan KKB members have done so.

BNPT has several ways of inviting Papuan KKB members to return to support Indonesia and embracing them, Amar informed adding, these include the implementation of a counter-narrative strategy.

The counter-narrative has been devised by Indonesia to counter the discourse on separatism spread by groups such as Papuan KKB.

"So, the counter-narrative consists of our love for peace instead of hate," said the 1988 graduate of the Police Academy (Akpol).

He further informed that the BNPT has recruited 50 individuals in West Papua and 50 in Papua province to spread the narrative of peace.

"This aims to fight separatist narratives. Do not let people get involved in this conflict," he added.

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