Indonesia, PNG to Sort Out Border Issues



Jakarta, Jubi – Border issues between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) will be resolved in an amicable way, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Luhut Pandjaitan said.

He said the most glaring issue is the presence of Indonesians in PNG territory which has prompted complaints from the PNG government.
Panjaitan stressed that the government of Indonesia and PNG will resolve it step by step.

As is known, in the border region between Indonesia and PNG, two Indonesians, Sudirman (28 years) and Badar (30) were taken hostage two weeks ago and was later released.

When kidnapped, they were looking for wood in Skopro, East Arso, Keerom, took a three-hour walk from Kampung Skoutio, Sandaun Province, Papua New Guinea, where they are currently detained by an armed group.


According to the Regional Commander XVII / Cenderawasih, Maj Gen Hinsa Siburian, the armed group operates under the leadership of someone with the initials JP. Besides hostage, the group also shot Kuba, Sudirman and Badar’s friend.

The minister confirmed these events are not related to the political problem. (*)

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