Convey Condolences, PNG Affirms West Papua as A Part of Indonesia

Papua New Guinea's Foreign Minister, Rimbink Pato, met Indonesia's Foreign Minister, Retno Marsudi, on the sidelines of the Bali Democracy Forum

Papua New Guinea expressed condolences for the massacre of dozens of workers by armed criminal groups) in West Papua. The condolences were conveyed directly by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Papua New Guinea, Rimbink Pato.

“On behalf of the people and the government of Papua New Guinea, I express my condolences to those who have lost their loved ones during events across the border,” Rimbink said after meeting Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on the sidelines of the Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC), Nusa Dua, Thursday (12/06/2018).

He also supported the Indonesian government to arrest and examine the perpetrators. “And Indonesia has full support from Papua New Guinea along the border,” he said.

On that occasion, he also stressed the attitude of the Papua New Guinea government that Papua and West Papua Provinces were an integral part of Indonesia.

“There can be no doubt that Papua New Guinea’s position is consistent in the problems of West Papua and Papua (Provinces), we stand firm on that policy,” he stressed.

“And that’s the strong foundation on which friendship is at the level of the fantastic partnership that exists between the government and the people of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea,” he said.

A total of 31 workers from PT Istaka Karya were massacred by armed criminal groups in Nduga District, Papua. They were massacred while building the Habema-Mugi bridge. Allegedly, they were massacred because one of the workers photographed the Free West Papua anniversary on Saturday, December 1, 2018.


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