25 Feb 2013

Indonesia President vows welfare approach in Papua region

11:35 am on 25 February 2013

Indonesia's President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, says the government will use a welfare-based approach rather than a military one to keep the peace in Papua after a deadly series of shootings that left eight soldiers dead.

The Jakarta Globe reports that the President as saying the government would continue to seek to improve the living standards of Papuans and would not intensify security arrangements in the provinces.

The government declined to raise the number of officers in Papua but

said it was prepared to send additional weapons, if needed, to hunt

down the armed group.

The minister for political, legal and security affairs, Djoko Suyanto, says the government has a clear and firm stance on any party who is trying to disrupt public security or refuses to acknowledge the sovereignty of Indonesia in Papua.