Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunset Merona operations disgraceful: Namah

Leader of PNG Party and Vanimo Green MP Belden Namah has described as disgraceful, certain actions of security force members currently engaged in the joint operations, Sunset Merona, in Vanimo and areas along the PNG-Indonesia common border initially to flush out OPM rebels.

Namah noted with grave concern that certain conducts of security forces were inconsistent and contrary to the mission of operation which was publicly announced, to destroy OPM camps on the PNG side of the border.

He cited instances of landowners told by the members of the security forces to ask for compensation and road levies from logging companies operating in the operation areas.

"This is very, very disgraceful," Namah said.

"It is a national disgrace for landowners to be told by security forces to set road blocks to collect road levies, when such infrastructures are national assets.

"If they are targeting foreign workers for work permits, passports and other related documents, that is fine, but why are they encouraging the landowners to engage in actions that causes disruption and destructive to the smooth operations of companies in the area.

"The security forces must concentrate on the core focus of the operation.

"They must not deviate from the original mission, creating problems and anxiety for investors, their employees and communities in the Vanimo/Green River district."

Namah said such actions were totally against the charter of the operation and could well result in the mission not accomplished.

He said instead of harassing innocent people in and around Vanimo and using landowners to disrupt the operations of logging and other companies, the operation must concentrate on its mission.

"The operation should go into Bewani, Imonda, Amanab, Wutung and Green River to achieve its mission," Namah, a former PNG Defence force soldier, said.

"It should not cause havoc and problems for the peace-loving majority citizens of Sandaun."


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