PNG launches border crackdown operation

Papua New Guinea’s government has deployed a joint security operation to destroy alleged free West Papua activist training camps along the PNG-Indonesia border.

Authorities in Papua New Guinea have launched a massive operation to stop the illegal flow of people and goods across the country’s border with Indonesia.

Illegal activities in Vanimo along its side of the border pose a national security threat to its sovereignty.

Based in Vanimo, near the border with the Indonesia’s most eastern province of Papua, the operations involves police officers, soldiers and other government departments.

The operation, code named Sunset Merona, was launched last weekend to deal with people smuggling, gun trafficking, arms trade and resource poaching and threats on the lives of citizens.

The operation is aimed at reinforcing and maintaining state authority at a very strategic location and to renew confidence in border systems and procedures.

Papua New Guinea’s prime minister Sir Michael Somare says the joint forces security crackdown on the border with Indonesia was launched at the request of the people of West Sepik province.(*Free West Papua)

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