Saturday, 19 January 2019

Two Sukhois Tail Papua New Guinean Official Jets

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  • TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:Two Indonesian Air Forces Sukhois were tailing the jet that carried Papua New Guinean Deputy Prime Minister H.O.N. Belden Namah in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, for about 37 minutes.The two fighters only left the P2-ANW Dassault Falcon 900EX jet after they received instruction from the National Air Force Command on November 2011. This is our main task as the Indonesian Air Force. We want to make sure that not all foreign airplanes can pass by our air territory without permission, said RI Air Force spokesman, Marshall Azman Yunus, yesterday.Azman said the interception occurred because the Sjamsuddin Noor Air Base in Banjarmasin detected a Falcon that moved from Subang (Selangor, Malaysia) to Papua New Guinea and was an unscheduled flight. The Makassar Air Control contacted the Falcons crew asking for their origin, destination and permit. This call was not responded to.It was later revealed that the Falcon organized its permit that day so it did not have it yet when it passed Indonesia.The incident, which happened two months ago, was exposed to the public after Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Peter O'Neil threatened to oust Indonesian Ambassador Andreas Sitepu from the capital Port Moresby.Last Friday, the Indonesian government explained the interception to Papua New Guinean Ambassador Peter Ilau. The ambassador appreciated the explanation and will pass it to his government, said Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa.Foreign Affairs Ministrys spokesman Michael Tene said yesterday that Andreas Sitepu had not been ousted. Presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha, said that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has not planned to speak directly with Peter O'Neil. EZTHER L | ARYANI K | PRIHANDOKO | JOBPIE S