PNG, Indonesia Leaders Agree, In Principle, To Reopen Border

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Closure will persist, however, until security situation is normalized

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, April 17, 2014) – Government leaders from Papua New Guinea and Indonesia have agreed in principle to reopen the border when security was in place.

In a meeting at Batas yesterday, Acting Governor Paul Nengai led the PNG delegation which included the West Sepik provincial administration staff, the PNG Defence Force, Customs and police, and the Indonesians were led by their consul in Vanimo Jahar Gultom.

Both parties spoke on the importance of the border shared by people of West Sepik and Papua province.

Nengai said they discussed to reopen the border to allow business activities at the Batas market.

The Provincial Intelligence Committee (PIC) however advised Nengai to put the reopening of the border on hold for security reasons.

Until such time, the border will remain closed for traditional border crossers and international travelers.

Nengai appealed to the locals and travelling public not to go to Batas until security returned to normal.

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