Indonesia: Vice President recognizes 'important role' of churches 'in building peace and well-being'

“We agree to seek a solution so as not to prolong the conflict, but we must achieve sustainable development. The government and the churches must seek a peaceful solution. Its very important. »

During a meeting with leaders of the Papua Communion of Churches, the Indonesian Vice President, Ma'ruf Amin, recognized the “significant role of churches in promoting and implementing sustainable development in Papua and in building peace and well-being”.

He mentioned the need to seek together “a solution so as not to prolong the conflict”.

“We agree to seek a solution so as not to prolong the conflict, but we must achieve sustainable development. The government and the churches must seek a peaceful solution. Its very important. »

While the president of the Communion of Churches in Papua, assured the efforts of the various churches to work with the government to improve the economic situation and build peace in Papua, he also specified that they would remain neutral on certain issues. policies.

For decades, a conflict has pitted the Indonesian central government against pro-independence populations. Demonstrations have taken place in recent weeks to oppose the government's desire to divide the Indonesian part of Papua into 6 provinces.

MC

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