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Indonesia, New Zealand coordinate to tackle hostage situation in Papua

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Jakarta, IO – Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD conveyed the position of the Indonesian government regarding the burning of Susi Air plane and the hostage taking of its Kiwi pilot Philips Mark Mehrtens by the Papua armed criminal group (KKB) led by Egianus Kagoya. According to him, the governments of Indonesia and New Zealand are in coordination to free the hostage.

He also condemned the incident that took place in Nduga regency, Papua Highlands province. The government will prioritize a persuasive approach to ensure the safety of the hostage.

“It is unacceptable to take civilian hostage for whatever reason,” Mahfud said, reported by VoA Indonesia, Wednesday (15/2).

Nevertheless, the government did not rule out the use of force. Furthermore, he emphasized that Papua is a legally a part of the Republic of Indonesia according to the Indonesian constitution, international law and facts on the ground. Thus, Papua will forever remain an integral part of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia.

Read: Papua separatist group releases image, video of Susi Air pilot they hold hostage

Mahfud expressed his gratitude to all parties involved in the hostage rescue efforts, including the regional government, the National Police (Polri) and the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI). (bp)

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