FM Ensures Two Indonesians Held Hostage in PNG Alive

Desi Angriani    •    Kamis, 17 Sep 2015 23:09 WIB
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FM Ensures Two Indonesians Held Hostage in PNG Alive
Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi (Photo: Media Indonesia)

Metrotvnews.com, Jakarta: Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi ensured that two Indonesians held hostage by an armed group in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are alive.

"No, they are well," said Retno after meeting with the President at the State Palace, Jalan Veteran, Jakarta, Thursday (9/17/2015).

Retno mentioned that until now, the two Indonesians are still being held captive and not yet released. She ensured that the government is prepared to conduct any means necessary to free its citizens.

"The effort of releasing them has not yet successful. The message we conveyed to PNG was that we are prepared to cooperate to accelerate the release," she stated.

According to Retno, the government is unable to take over the operation to free the two, as they are currently in the PNG area. The government, she stated, was only able to coordinate with the Defense Attache in the country.

"The hostage is in PNG. So whatever Indonesia will do is based on cooperation with PNG, as it is impossible for our troops to enter the territory and free them," she said.

The two Indonesians held hostage by an armed civilian group are Sudirman and Badar. The carpenters were kidnapped and taken to Skouwtiau, Papua New Guinea. The kidnapping started by a shooting towards four log workers in Skofro Village, East Arso District, Keerom Regency, Papua, on Wednesday (9/9/2015).


(FJR)