goodmorningpapua.com – The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, James Marape, confirmed that his country respects Indonesia’s sovereignty over Papua. This was stated by James when he received the CASA aircraft engine belonging to the Papua New Guinea Defense Forces type CT 7-9C at Jacksons-Port Moresby International Airport, Papua New Guinea, Wednesday (4/8/2021). In addition, James also considers the Papua issue to be an internal problem faced by Indonesia.
“The Prime Minister conveyed again the position of the Government of Papua New Guinea regarding Papuan issues/issues, namely that the Government of Papua New Guinea will firmly respect the sovereignty of the Indonesian state over Papua and the issue of Papua is an internal problem of the Indonesian state,” read a written statement from Puspen TNI, Thursday (5/8). /2021).
Regarding the CASA aircraft engine which was successfully repaired by the TNI, James expressed his gratitude and high appreciation to the TNI for the assistance in repairing the CASA aircraft engine. James also mentioned that the good relations between the two countries have been going on for many years and continue to honor each other as a sovereign nations.
Meanwhile, the Head of the TNI’s Strategic Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Joni Supriyanto, who attended the handover, said that this handover was a momentum to enhance the cooperative relationship between the TNI and the Papua New Guinea defense force in contributing to peace and security stability.
He said that the TNI had been actively identifying opportunities for cooperation and assistance to the Papua New Guinea defense forces as an effort to strengthen diplomacy. The delivery of the machine used the Indonesian Air Force’s C-130 Hercules aircraft, A-1335 from Squadron 32 Abdulrachman Saleh Air Base, Malang, East Java, which was flown by Captain Pilot Major Pnb Fandi Abdillah Pulungan.