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September 28, 2021

Concerns Over PNG-Indonesian Border

There are major concerns surrounding the Papua New Guinea-Indonesian border.

Wutung villagers in West Sepik province have reported sighting eight fully armed Indonesian soldiers crossing over the PNG boundary.

PNG soldiers were there, when this happened, reported a Wutung councillor, Raphael Tungla.

Mr Tungla said the Indonesian soldiers walked past the border monument and went beyond the boundary towards the edge of the village. They were then confronted by local villagers and had to turn back.

All this happened in about a kilometre away from the Papua New Guinean soldiers, who were busy at the military check point inspecting civilians and cargos.  

Mr Tungla’s main concern is that the PNG soldiers should be more alert and tighten up on the border security. He added that there is no need for the passengers and cargos from Batas market to be checked by the soldiers when they are already checked by the customs, immigrations and police officers at the border administration post.

The incident was reported to senior military officers at the check point, however, no statement could be attained from the Defence Force. 

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