3 Jul 2012

Papuan group hopes dialogue with Yudhyono could stop violence

7:02 am on 3 July 2012

A Papuan civil society group currently in Jakarta for dialogue with Indonesia's President has urged Susilo Bambang Yudhyono to make decisions that will stop the cycle of violence in Papua region.

The group made up of Papuan NGO and church representatives is in the middle of a two-week trip to Jakarta for talks with government, security officials, universities and media.

The trip comes amid an escalation of violence in Indonesia's remote eastern region.

Septer Manufandu of the Papua NGOs Co-operation Forum says their group wants to foster better understanding about Papua among Indonesians and especially the President.

"We need to also look at the real situation and then push SBY to make a decision and find a solution. Because the violence in Papua,... we need to find a way to break that."

Septer Manufandu