THERE are more reports that the Indonesian military is crossing into Papua New Guinea territory.
The Indonesian consulate in Vanimo is demanding that the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) attack the West Papuan refugees.
We have serious concerns that the Indonesian military will move wherever they want in PNG territory attempting to attack West Papuans. There are over 10,000 West Papuan refugees in PNG.
Former PNGDF commander, Major-General Jerry Singirok (retired), recently made reference to the Indonesian military’s building of a permanent Forward Operations Base at the Torasi River in PNG territory.
“This is indeed a major international incident and a serious border infringement that requires an immediate joint inspection and a diplomatic protest by PNG to Jakarta,” Mr Singirok said.
“But if PNG is not satisfied, it has the option to refer the matter to the United Nations Assembly for resolution.
"But then again, it is unlikely that PNG will take this option,” he said.
The former PNG Customs Commissioner and current politician, Oro Governor Garry Juffa, also warned that the heavy presence of Indonesian government officials including army paratroopers made the border region vulnerable to conflict.
“The infrastructure includes a military base, office and staff accommodation for all officials and a market with a growing informal support base of civilians of 300 to 400 Javanese nationals, who will be immediately armed and ready to go into action should all hell break loose,” Mr Juffa said.