PNG's Sandaun Governor to maintain links with Papua

7:27 pm on 25 September 2015

The recently elected Governor of Papua New Guinea's West Sepik province says he wants to keep building links with the neighbouring Indonesian province of Papua.

Local Government Council, Vanimo, West Sepik.

Local Government Council, Vanimo, West Sepik. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

Last month Amkat Mai won back the governorship in a by-election after the seat was vacant for two years after the Supreme Court ruled that Mr Mai's 2012 election victory was invalid.

Mr Mai says PNG's relationship with Indonesia is important and offers a range of opportunities.

He says he wants to maintain good understanding between himself, his counterpart in Papua province and the mayor of Jayapura, as well as the mayor of Vanimo.

"So that we try to create and see that border line not as a border line but as a line that we can connect and create friendships, relationships with the people of Papua province and the people of Sandaun province and Papua New Guinea."