Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Papua team to complete autonomy ordinances

The Governor of Papua province, Barnabas Suebu, has ordered the establishment of a joint team to draft provincial and regency and muncipal government ordinances and regulations necessary for the full implementation of special autonomy by the end of the year. Last year, just six local ordinances out of 10 that were proposed ended up being approved. So far this year, only one local ordinance has been approved by the Papua Legislative Assembly.

"It is necessary to have a team really working to complete the regulations. It's been five years since the autonomy law was being issued but it is not backed up by local regulations. A law can only work if there are regulations which control its implementation. The team is expected to work thoroughly, and is expected to finish by the end of this year," Barnabas told reporters in Jayapura as quoted by Nethy Dharma Somba of The Jakarta Post.

Under the plan, the special autonomy team will comprise administration officials, legislators, members of the Papua People's Council and members of the team that drafted the 2001 Papua Special Autonomy Law. He said that since the team had less than a year to complete its work, a special time would have to be set aside to deliberate the draft ordinances.

Papua Legislative Assembly Speaker John Ibo welcomed the statement. "I support the team's formation, which is a breakthrough from the governor. The council will support the team in speeding up the issuance of clear directions for implementing the autonomy law, in the hope that we can reach the goals of autonomy," he said.

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