28 Aug 2006

Indonesia rejects PNG spying claims

6:21 pm on 28 August 2006

The Indonesian Embassy in Port Moresby has rejected reports that it's spying on Papua New Guinea and that fishermen caught in PNG waters were Indonesian soldiers.

The embassy made reference to the report, which appeared in the Post-Courier last Thursday, extracted from an Australian publication and which also quoted PNG intelligence sources.

In a statement, the embassy said the Indonesian fisherman shot dead and others wounded by PNGDF soldier in Sandaun waters were not members of the Indonesian Armed Forces.

The newspaper, The National, quotes an embassy statement as saying there is no truth in claims that more troops are being deployed along the Indonesia-PNG border.

The Indonesian embassy says there is no reason to embark on espionage in PNG.