By Rayon Lakingu – EMTV News, Port Moresby
The Indonesian National Military is committed to supporting the Papua New Guinea Defense Force in providing Security for the APEC summit.
Their aim is to support PNGDF with capacity building and the training they need.
Indonesian Ambassador, Ronald J.P Manik, said their cooperation with PNGDF started in 2010, when the Indonesian National Military signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the PNGDF.
Indonesian cooperation with the PNGDF has seen the Indonesian National Military assisting the PNGDF with ammunition and training for the APEC Leader’s Summit.
At the presentation of the ammunition on Wednesday, Indonesian Ambassador, Ronald P. J Manik, said the MOU signed between the two forces in 2010 is implemented in the form of capacity building and assistance on security matters.
He said the two countries share a common land boundary, and they will work together to address security issues along the border during the APEC summit.
Indonesian National Military, First Marshal, Surya Margono, said Indonesia’s cooperation with the PNGDF is because the people of PNG and Eastern part of Jayapura shares common Melanesian culture.
He said the two forces will continue to uphold the principals of brotherhood.
The Indonesian National Military have assisted the PNGDF with ammunition for APEC guard of honor, and they will also open an airport in Jayapura to provide parking space for APEC delegations’ air crafts.