Jakarta: National Resilience Institute (Lemhanas) Governor Lieutenenat General (Ret) Agus Widjojo has said that the government must pay attention to social conditions before establishing new provinces in Papua.
"We must pay attention to social conditions on the ground," he said here on Tuesday, 5 November 2019.
According to him, Papua consists of many ethnic groups. Creation of new provinces in Papua should not cause conflicts.
"A single ethnic group should not be separeted," said Agus.
Agus advised the government to implement the policy carefully. He stressed that the implementation of the policy must meet the interests of all parties involved.
Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian earlier confirmed the moratorium on formation of new autonomous regions is still in effect, except in Papua. He revealed that Papua is exempted due to various reasons.
The former National Police chief explained that creation of new provinces in Papua can help boost security in the region. In addition, the policy is also intended to accelerate development in the eastern part of Indonesia.
As of now, the government has only greenlighted the establishment of two new provinces in Papua. According to reports, these two new provinces are South Papua and Central Mountain.
The South Papua Province will consist of regencies of Merauke, Asmat, Mappi, Boven Digoel and the city of Merauke. Meanwhile, Central Papua will consist of regions of Meepago and La Pago.