Monday, August 28, 2006

Papuans and PNG meet for border discussions

Some 100 delegates from Indonesia`s Province of Papua and Papua New Guinea`s Western and Sandaun Districts will attend the Border Liaison Meeting (BLM) in Pontianak, West Kalimantan from 28 to 30 August 2006. The head of the Border Areas Development Preparation Agency (BP2KKP), Nyoman Sudana told Antara that the BLM is a routine meeting between the Papua Province and PNG to step up cooperation, especially in the social and economic sectors. The upcoming meeting is also related to a plan to inaugurate a border crossing post in Skow, Jayapura.

West Kalimantan has been chosen as venue of the meeting as Entikong, the first border crossing gate in Indonesia also located in this province, he said. Areas in Papua province which are located adjacent to Papua New Guinea, are Merauke regency, which shares the borderline with PNG`s Western district, and Jayapura municipality and Kerom regency, which share the borderline with PNG`s Sandaun district.

The Papuan delegation to the BLM will be headed by Papua Deputy Governor Alex Hesegem SE, and the PNG delegation by Samuel Pulup. The delegation of the Indonesian central government will be led by Yuri Thamrin of the Foreign Ministry, who will preside over the meeting.

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