16 Apr 2009

PNG Police Commissioner says PNG-Indonesia border tense

7:43 am on 16 April 2009

Papua New Guinea's Police Commissioner says the situation remains tense in an area on the common border of Indonesia and PNG where reports say eleven people have been killed in fighting between Indonesian military and Papuan separatists.

Gary Baki says he is unable to confirm the deaths because the fighting occurred on the Indonesian side of the border

However he says police in the PNG town of Vanimo, near where the fighting took place late last week, say that increased fighting has coincided with a large build-up of Indonesian troops in the border area.

Gary Baki says no PNG villages have been touched by the fighting and local PNG police are monitoring the situation.

"And we also have the PNG Defence Force personnel based in Vanimo, travelling up and down to Wutung to oversee what is happening over there. We're anticipating that by Friday we'll be flying a mobile police squad from Port Moresby directly into Vanimo as well just to provide surveillance just on the border areas and some other parts of the PNG border side."

Gary Baki.