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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 134

Senator MULVIHILL asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

How close are Australia and Indonesia to finalising the prolonged land and sea surveys to define the boundaries between West Irian and Papua New Guinea.

Senator WRIGHT The Minister for Foreign Affairs has furnished the following reply:

The survey to which the honourable senator refers was ecompleted in 1966 and 1967 and was confined to the land border between Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. The land and seabed boundaries between Indonesia and Australia and Papua New Guinea are being negotiated progressively. An agreement establishing a partial seabed boundary was signed in May 1971. Further discussions will be held early in September.

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