Campaigns on the issue of colonialism in Papua that continue to be carried out by activists and supporters of West Papua independence such as the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) led by Benny Wenda, the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), or unilateral claims by the Free Papua Organization (OPM) leader Jeffrey Bomanak, has been convinced that it will not have a significant effect because almost all countries in the world recognize that Papua is an integrated part of the Province in Indonesia.
This was confirmed by Ida Bagus Made Bimantara as European Director I of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Kemenlu) who said that the various issues in Papua were entirely domestic affairs, and all countries respected the sovereignty of Indonesia including Papua within it.
“Nearly 99.5 governments in the world recognize and respect Indonesia’s integrity, affirming that Papua is part of Indonesia. there is only one among hundreds of countries that still question that is Vanuatu, “
Made asserted, Papua is now politically free, one of the indicators is the implementation of the Pilkada, Pilpres, and given special autonomy rights to develop their regions. Moreover, the central government also continues to carry out policies in an effort to strengthen and fulfill basic rights, including human rights.
Various accesses are also fully provided, such as providing fuel at the same price as in other regions in Indonesia, access to transportation and infrastructure continues to be built, health services are carried out.
He also ensured that the government was working hard to resolve the issues that still existed, although it was undeniable that the condition of Papua was now better than in the past. As for what is always campaigned by separatists, in fact it does not contribute at all and will only create new conflicts that result in divisive provocation.
The group’s action is also the same as insulting the democratic process that has been carried out by the people of Papua when voting in the election process, the Presidential Election, electing members of the DPR, which incidentally are indigenous Papuans. While the separatists who live outside of Papua claim and often act in the name of a king. Yet the fact is people like Benny Wenda or others are not wholeheartedly paying attention to the situation directly, which he can only pit the people against the government.
“This underestimates democracy, they just want to achieve personal goals. We must work together for the prosperity of Papua. Working with the welfare approach and humanitarian approach. “
Steve R Mara, Chairman of the Papua Province Lira Youth, has also invited young Papuans to not believe in the issue of Papuan internationalization that is driven by certain groups, moreover it will forget the great potential of the younger generation of Papua that is more valuable than promises that have never been realized.
“If international issues continue to be devoid of facts, it is feared that the younger generation will become more lazy to think more forward, unable to see a variety of opportunities. At present it is better to make a real contribution and not feel inferior, “Mara said.
Especially with Otsus all opportunities become open. For example, in the past only official level could get on a plane to get out of the area, now anyone in Papua can and that is clear evidence of positive things happening in Papua. Access to education is increasingly open.