Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian Vice President Ma'ruf Amin stated that he would temporarily stay in Papua in September to specifically pay heed to the aspirations of the local communities and figures to find solutions to problems in the region.

"This time, I will focus on harboring the voices of local champions, including religious leaders, regional governments, women, and others. I will heed their aspirations," Amin remarked on the sidelines of his visit to Cirebon, West Java, as monitored from a video broadcast in Jakarta on Saturday.

The VP's scheduled visit will not be his first-ever trip to Indonesia's eastern region, as he had earlier embarked on two working trips to the region.

During his latest visit, the vice president had the opportunity to tour several cities in Papua for a week to absorb the aspirations of local religious figures and inaugurate the development of several facilities.

"The upcoming visit will not be my first since I have visited Papua twice. The first one was a five-day visit, while during the second visit, I toured Papua for a week. Hence, September's visit will be my third one," he remarked.

Amin, as head of the Papua Special Autonomy Development Acceleration Steering Committee (BP3OKP), is planning to set up a temporary office in Papua on September 4 with Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) Commander Admiral Yudo Margono and several ministers.

The vice president reiterated that he and his ministers are committed to resolving various issues faced by the governments and communities in Papua.

"We (the central government) are striving to ensure that the solutions we will come up with will be on point in resolving the existing problems. Accuracy is of the essence to resolve an issue," he stated.

He affirmed that the government can hold dialogues to find solutions to the problems faced by Papua, expect the one related to the request for secession.

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