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Thursday, 29 May 1969

Senator LAWRIE (QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister representing the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice:

1.   What progress has been made in the survey of the common boundary between the Territory of Papua' and New Guinea and West Irian?

2.   How much of the boundary has actually been marked on the ground?

3.   When is the survey likely to be completed?

4.   When is the actual border, as finally marked and agreed to, likely to be ratified by the Australian Government and the West Irian authorities?

Senator ANDERSON-The Minister for External Affairs has provided the following answer:

1.   to 4. Australian and Indonesian survey teams completed in 1967 a joint operation involving the positioning of fourteen concrete meridian markers along the length of the border between West Irian and Papua-New Guinea. The survey authorities of both countries are now each marking on air photographs theline which the border should be deemed to follow between these markers. When this is complete a further meeting will be held between the survey authorities to draw up a report to the two Governments on the basis of the agreed results. Further steps actually to mark the border on the ground will depend upon future agreement between the two Governments.

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