Reports by ISAAC NICHOLAS
INDONESIA has agreed to train PNG police for joint border operations to prevent transnational terrorism, money laundering and human smuggling.
Internal Security Minister Sani Rambi made the proposal to Indonesian delegation led by president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during a bilateral meeting in Crowne Plaza Hotel last Friday.
Mr Rambi, who was given approval by Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare to address the meeting, said because PNG and Indonesia shared common land and sea borders, transnational crime was something both countries must cooperate to address.
He said Indonesia and PNG were vulnerable to transnational crime and “we ask Indonesia to assist in training programmes in money laundering, human smuggling, terrorism and arms smuggling.
“I ask the president to come on board to help in training through the greater military and police cooperation agreement.”
Mr Rambi said the president agreed to hold such trainings and that would be finalised in an agreement at the joint Indonesia-PNG ministerial forum.
Dr Yudhoyono, when pressed on the arrangement during the media conference, said the military and police co-operation agreement would be restricted to training and information sharing.
He dispelled suggestions that the agreement would include purchase of military hardware by PNG from Indonesia.