Monday, February 19, 2007

Central ministries review Papua's border with PNG

Indonesian Home Affairs Minister M Ma'ruf is scheduled to leave for Papua Province on 18 February for a working visit in the province. The Minister and a group of national legislators and central government ministry officials will visit Skouw border line area shared by Indonesian eastern most province of Papua and neighbouring Papua New Guinea. The Skouw border patrol post was newly constructed and will be officially inaugurated in March.

Last year, Indonesia and PNG twice discussed the two countries' border issues, respectively taking place in Pontianak (West Kalimantan) in August 2006 and in Jakarta in December 2006.

Indonesia's two provinces on New Guinea island, Papua and Papua Barat (West Papua) are home to a native Melanesian population of about 2 million people, plus another 700,000 settlers from other parts of the country.

Antara reports that the minister, who is also accompanied by officials from the coordinating ministry for political, legal and security affairs and the transportation and health ministries, will then proceed to East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), to visit the country's borderline in Mota Ain, Belu District, which shares a common borderline with Timor Leste.

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