Indonesia-PNG foreign ministers bar reporter questions on West Papua | Pacific Beat

Indonesia-PNG foreign ministers bar reporter questions on West Papua

Indonesia-PNG foreign ministers bar reporter questions on West Papua

Updated 27 February 2015, 17:55 AEDT

Indonesia's foreign minister Retno Marsudi has arrived in Papua New Guinea at the start of a three-country tour through the Pacific, saying the aim of the trip is to strengthen relations with PNG, Solomon Islands and Fiji.

PNG's foreign affairs minister Rimbink Pato released a statement before a media conference this afternoon saying bilateral, regional and international issues will be discussed.

But there was no mention of the human rights abuses in the Indonesian province of West Papua which Prime Minister Peter O'Neill recently said he would start speaking out about.

The two foreign ministers have just wrapped up their press conference in Port Moresby, and our reporter there says journalists were not allowed to ask about rights abuses across their shared border.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Rolland Banaba, news editor from Yumi FM

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