28 Feb 2013

New Papua governor opts for new team to tackle problems

2:02 pm on 28 February 2013

The newly elected governor of Indonesia's Papua province, Lukas Enembe, says he will form a special team to resolve conflicts and violence in the province as soon as he is inaugurated.

The Jakarta Globe reports Mr Enembe as saying the team is expected to be active during his first 100 days in office, and will include people with vested interests to help take in different views on how to solve problems.

Mr Enembe, who won the gubernatorial race by a 52 percent earlier this month, also says the team will talk to pro-independence groups to find common ground.

He says Papua's problems have roots in high unemployment, poverty and underdevelopment, as well as in pro-independence and anti-government sentiment.

Jakarta has directed billions of dollars into the resource-rich region since it was granted special autonomy in 2001, however three of every 10 residents live in poverty.

The governor-elect says the central government's development policy in Papua has often not been in line with the will of Papuans.