Source: The National, Friday, February 1, 2013
PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill says there are good opportunities along the border areas to develop relations between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, particularly at Wutung, West Sepik
He told reporters yesterday he had met recently with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Bali where several issues relating to cross-border relations were discussed.
“They (Indonesia) have offered to send facilities across the border to help us,” O’Neill said.
“They are concerned that our infrastructure is not up to standard.
“They are willing to help us build a road all the way to the nearest possible town, and possibly beyond, and also to try and get electricity from Jayapura across to power the Wutung district and also the nearest towns like Vanimo.
“That’s the sort of development we are encouraging.
“We will be working closely with the Indonesia government on this.
“The Indonesian government has indicated that they want to get into economic partnership with us along the border areas.
“These are things that we are discussing, and we are getting our officials to go to Jakarta in coming months, to finalise some of these agreements that the president and myself have discussed and highlighted.
“There are good opportunities along the border areas.”