TNI Commander Andika Perkasa Will Evaluate Conflict Management in Papua

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Papua Daily – TNI Commander General Andika Perkasa said he would improve the handling of conflicts in Papua. Andika promised to evaluate and change strategies in maintaining the security of the Republic of Indonesia.

“We will definitely fix Papua because I want to use the laws and regulations so that we don’t take action or take other people’s rights,” said Andika Perkasa at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

“So I will evaluate and make changes in terms of how we operate. Not only in Papua, but also throughout the Republic of Indonesia,” he continued.

He wants TNI soldiers to carry out their duties in Papua the same as in Jakarta and Java, because their status is the same as in other areas. Andika admitted that he had a new concept in dealing with conflict in Papua.

“In detail, after I have done the evaluation, I already have a concept so that’s what I will do,” he said.

Andika said that security was a real challenge for him after being sworn in as TNI Commander. According to him, security challenges consist of real and perceived things. Both must be researched so that security can run better.

“Well, this is what I think I should look into so that security can also be better. Not only in real terms but also in terms of perception. That’s what we have to fix. And that’s my priority,” said Andika.

Furthermore, Andika will carry out his job as Commander of the TNI as well as possible. Moreover, Andika Perkasa has only served as TNI Commander for about 13 months because he will retire in December 2022.

“I have to be able to show him (the President) who has trusted me to realize and complete it,” said Andika.

As is known, President Joko Widodo or Jokowi inaugurated General Andika Perkasa as TNI Commander replacing Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto who was entering retirement. The inauguration was held at the State Palace in Jakarta, Wednesday (11/17/2021).

Andika Perkasa was inaugurated based on Presidential Decree (Keppres) Number 106 of 2021 concerning the Dismissal and Appointment of the TNI Commander. He promised to uphold the ethics of office and work as well as possible and full of responsibility when carrying out his duties.

“That I will uphold the oath of soldiers,” said Andika when taking the oath of office.