9 Jan 2012

PNG/Indonesia tiff over November flight dispute

3:44 pm on 9 January 2012

An Indonesian lawmaker has told the government to be stern with Papua New Guinea after it threatened to expel the Indonesian ambassador from Port Moresby following a dispute over the interception of an aircraft.

The aircraft was carrying PNG's deputy Prime Minister Belden Namah from Malaysia.

The plane was reportedly cleared for a flight in December but was approached by Indonesian jets as it entered Indonesian air space in November.

Mr Namah objected to the incident and Jakarta summoned PNG's Ambassador to Indonesia Peter Ilau for an explanation.

The PNG Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, has now reassured Jakarta that his government has no intention of expelling Indonesia's ambassador.