18 Apr 2013

NZ govt casts doubt on NZ police training programme in Papua region

10:39 am on 18 April 2013

New Zealand's government has cast doubt on reports that the country's police training programme in Indonesia's Papua region is set to recommence in September.

Reports in Indonesian media quoted New Zealand's Ambassador in Jakarta David Taylor confirming a new three-year programme in training community policing in Papua.

New Zealand ran similar training programmes in Indonesia's eastern region between 2008 and 2010.

Speaking in New Zealand's parliament, the Green MP Catherine Delahunty asked the government whether MPs and journalists would be able to observe the effectiveness of the training.

But the Attorney-General, Chris Finlayson, speaking on behalf of the Foreign Minister, suggested the reports were premature.

"On behalf of the minister, the media reporting in the Jakarta Post, which I assume the member is referring to, is wrong. The minister has received no advice on the design, timing and funding of the project. There will be an announcement when a decision is made."

Chris Finlayson.