Recent events from violent rally in Papua province to attack on a military post to asylum seeking were a proof that a certain group is trying to create instability in the Indonesian province, a top security minister said Tuesday.
"I think there is a group that is trying to create instability (in Papua) with certain motive and objective," Coordinating Minister for Security, Legal and Political Affairs Widodo Adi Sucipto told reporters here. But the former military chief declined to elaborate.
Despite the surrounding circumstance, Widodo claimed Papua is largely in peace.
Four policemen and an air force soldier were killed last month in a clash with Papuan protesters demanding the closure of U.S. mining firm Freeport-McMoRan in the province.
Earlier this month, a group of around 30 men armed with traditional weapons and an AK-47 rife attacked a military post near border with Papua New Guinea, leaving two soldiers and two attackers dead.
Authorities blamed the separatist Free Papua Movement (OPM) for the attack.
The political situation in the remote province was particularly at tense after 43 Papuans fled the country to seek asylum in Australia.
Australia’s decision to grant visas to the asylum seekers has prompted Jakarta to recall its envoy in Canberra.
Source : Xinhua