15 Apr 2014

PNG and Indonesia agree to investigate border clashes

4:33 am on 15 April 2014

Papua New Guinea and Indonesia have agreed to jointly investigate recent clashes at the border involving suspected separatist militants and Indonesian soldiers.

PNG's Defence Minister Fabian Pok says the investigations will be led by the Department of Foreign Affairs and involve other government departments.

He says PNG officials will work closely with Jakarta to try and resolve the issues.

Mr Pok says the PNG government has also flown in additional Defence Force troops to try and eliminate suspected OPM rebel camps on their side of the border.

He says they have been told to free the PNG side of any rebel activities and ensure the security of Papua New Guinea citizens living in the border areas.

The Minister has also confirmed that PNG solders attacked a suspected OPM camp and burnt down garden shelters used by PNG villagers