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Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape told Parliament there was no indication at this stage for the Government to step up operations on the border of West Papua.
Marape was responding to questions by Vanimo-Green MP Belden Namah on the situation in Indonesia and the safety of the people along the border that said PNG was not in red alert.
“We are not yet in red alert, matters happening in Indonesian remains in their borders,” he said.
“Within the context of our operations whether its police or defence operations in the borders continue to remain as it has been, need be for us to step up we will be called to do so.”
Marape said if there was indication for PNG to step up operation in its borders the government would immediately respond.
“Foremost, the safety of our people and as we step up those operations, if people come on this side we will protect them, we will take care of them,” he said.
“But at the moment as I speak there is no refugees coming across Vanimo-Green or into Telefomin to North-Fly, South-Fly or Middle-Fly and we are monitoring the situation very well.”
Marape said the government is entertaining those traditional border crossers but there was not one refugee that has crossed over.
“We are keeping our watch over what is happening on the other side very carefully if the situation warrants for it to be given extra care we will put police and defence on the first flight.”
Meanwhile, three Indonesians have been arrested for allegedly buying animal horns and ribs from locals in Western, police say.
South Fly police commander Brian Kombe said the three were arrested in a dawn raid for allegedly buying deer horns and dugong ribs.
“We arrested these Indonesians at Katatai village for buying these prized animal parts which is leading to the fast depletion of these endangered animals,” he said.
“The horns and ribs are in high demand in Merauke city in Indonesia because they are used for medicine and making ornaments like necklaces.
“We have also arrested two Waria Dorobo villagers for acting as their guides and bringing them across the border for this illegal trade.
“We also ordered the Katatai village councillor to bring the boats that the Indonesians left at the village.”
Kombe said the Tureture councillor surrendered himself to police on Friday after harbouring two Indonesians in his village.
“However I told him to return to his village and round up all the suspects who intimidated police officers to rescue the Indonesians from police custody.
SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS
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