12 May 2010

Solomons team studies PNG/Indonesia border

3:04 pm on 12 May 2010

A Solomon Islands government delegation has travelled to Papua New Guinea to see how the PNG-Indonesian land border is being administered.

According to the Solomon Star newspaper, the Solomons High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Bernard Bata'anisia, says the purpose of the visit is to observe and study how Papua New Guinea and Indonesia manage their common border and to see various developments taking place in each other's border.

The paper says this will in turn help Solomon Islands in its management of its border with Papua New Guinea off Bougainville which is close to the Solomons Shortland islands.

The delegation will visit Vanimo in PNG and cross to Jayapura in Papua.

The visit was agreed to at last year's Joint Border Committee Meeting in Buka, on the Autonomous Province of Bougainville, between officials of both countries.