Jakarta: Papua Regional Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw welcomed the planned regional expansion in the province.
The move is expected to help strengthen relations between the central government and local authorities.
"We agree with the plan," Paulus said at the National Police Headquarters in South Jakarta on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
According to him, the plan will give positive impacts. The security and welfare of the people of Papua can be more guaranteed.
"Also, in terms of the social aspect," Paul added.
In addition, Paulus appreciated President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo's move to visit Papua 13 times. He believes the president understands the situation in Papua.
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. He explained that regional expansion in Papua can help boost security in the region and 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.