No Problems at Papua-PNG Border Area

Border of Indonesia - PNG - Suplied
Border of Indonesia – PNG – Suplied

Jayapura, Jubi – Border and Foreign Affairs Agency (BPKLN) of Papua Province said there were issues of concern on the border between Papua and Papua New Guinea.

“Papua and PNG are not facing issues occurring on Indonesia – Malaysia and Indonesia – Philippines borders,” said Papua BPKLN Chief Suzana Wanggai in Jayapura on Sunday (31/1/2016).

But population issue is often becoming a problem as consequence of no physical boundaries lay down along the northern to southern area such as landscape or buildings. “The population still becomes the main problem, because the land belongs to Papua is in PNG and vice versa,” she said.

Therefore, Wanggai said, both Indonesia and PNG government must continue to provide the consideration to their citizens to understand the cross-border regulation by socialization and other measures. Because there are PNG citizens live in Papuan settlements and vice versa. It happens due to familial relationship.

“Socialization and other measures have been taken by Papua Provincial (Indonesia) and PNG Government. If there is a report on the ground, provincial government and the Government of PNG will certainly check and vice versa,” she said.

She added to ensure the measures are running, it needs to improve the coordination between the provincial government and regional/municipal government although it has been running. “Yes, if there is appraisal said this is not working, that is nor working, it’s normal. But clearly the cooperation has been done,” he said.

Earlier, the Papua Governor Lukas Enembe told the handling and problem solving in border areas management need a strategy and coordination between relevant technical institutions at both local and central levels.

“All technical agencies have very important tasks and roles in order to improve coordination and synchronization in addressing many challenges and problems in the border area,” said Enembe. (Alexander Loen/rom)