Indonesia, PNG border liaison meeting scheduled in Port Moresby

Indonesia, PNG border liaison meeting scheduled in Port Moresby

Soldiers of Task Force Infantry Battalion 122/TS shake hands with Delta Force (DF) Papua New Guinea in Meridian Monument (MM) 1-Wutung Skouw boundary markers, the Republic of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (PNG), Wednesday (August 17, 2016). (ANTARA/Indrayadi Th)

Jayapura (ANTARA News) - A border liaison meeting between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) will be organized in Port Moresby, PNG, on Nov. 7-8, 2016.

The meeting will discuss, among other things, people-to-people cooperation, Suzanna Wanggai, head of the Papua provincial border and foreign affairs office, said here, Tuesday.

The people-to-people cooperation is expected to strengthen the relations between the peoples of both nations to encourage them to live side-by-side peacefully, she noted.

The two countries officials are also scheduled to discuss an agreement on the development of the infrastructure and economy.

They will also review an agreement on traditional border crossings because the current agreement is considered outdated.

The meeting will not cover security affairs because the topic has been placed on the agenda of a separate meeting.

However, the issue of additional border check posts will be included on this meetings agenda.

Indonesia will propose the construction of more border posts in the Pegunungan Bintang, Boven Digul, and Keerom districts.

Security and immigration officers have been assigned to the Sota border post in Merauke District and in Skouw, Jayapura.

(Reported by Evarukdijati/Uu.F001/INE/KR-BSR)