Indonesia, PNG agree to keep border closedAugust 5 2009 at 10:45 AM
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Indonesia, Papua New Guinea agree to keep border closed
www.chinaview.cn 2009-08-04 12:34:43
JAKARTA, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia's military headquarters said that the country and Papua New Guinea had agreed to keep their border closed following various shootings at the area of PT Freeport Indonesia in Papua's Timika, the private news portal Kompas.com quoted an official as saying.
"The closing is to anticipate the incidents' impact, including possible foreign interests toward the incidents," military spokesperson Air Vice-Marshall Sagom Tamboen said here.
The border closing has been adopted since Indonesia's presidential election on July 8, 2009 given growing incidents ahead and after the event.
The series of security distortion in Freeport was started by burning of employees' bus and the company's security post at mile 53, killing Drew Nicholas Grant (38) from Australia.
The following day, a security guard named Markus Rante Allo was also killed by shots at mile 51. The latest incident was on July 13 when the body of internal affairs police officer of Papua regional police Vice Brigadier Marson Fredy Pettipelohi was found with severe wounds in his neck at mile 64.
Sagom said that all these incidents have been investigated by joint forces of military and police.