Jakarta (ANTARA) - TNI Commander General Agus Subiyanto formed the Habema Operations Command (Koops) to synergize operational patterns of the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) and National Police (Polri) in handling conflicts in several areas in Papua.

Habema, which is the abbreviation for harus berhasil maksimal that translates to must be successful, is expected to boost the effectiveness of conflict management in Papua, as in recent years, it has faced conflicts and attacks from the OPM rebel group, Subiyanto remarked.

"I am implementing a smart power strategy, a combination of soft power, hard power, and military diplomacy. This strategy is implemented in the Habema Operations Command to handle conflicts in Papua," he remarked while attending the 2024 TNI-Polri Leadership Meeting (Rapim) at the TNI Headquarters in Jakarta on Wednesday.

On a separate occasion, Head of the TNI Information Center, Major General Nugraha Gumilar, stated that Koops Habema had only been formed recently. However, he did not mention details about the date.

Habema is also the name of a lake, one of the highest lakes in Indonesia since it is located at an altitude of more than 3,300 meters above sea level at the foot of Mount Trikora, in the Jayawijaya District Papua Mountains.

Apart from establishing an operations command, TNI is also striving to implement a block system in individual soldier and unit training, all of which takes place centrally at the TNI Special Forces Command (Kopassus) Education and Training Center in Batujajar, West Bandung District, West Java.

"This program was specifically made to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of conflict management in Papua," Subiyanto stated at the meeting.

The leadership meeting, on Wednesday, was opened by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi). On that occasion, the head of state also conveyed his instructions to TNI and Polri leaders. The meeting was attended by a total of 362 leaders of the TNI and Polri.

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Translator: Genta Tenri M, Resinta Sulistiyandari
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