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Alpers, Philip and Conor Twyford. 2003 ‘Papua New Guinea: Importation routes: Papua New Guinea / West Papua.’ Small Arms in the Pacific; Occasional Paper No. 8, p. 22. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 31 March

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[T]here is evidence that high-powered firearms have also been brought into West Papua from Papua New Guinea to supply members of Organisasi Papua Merdeka (OPM), the West Papuan independence movement (Keelty, 2000, p. 82).

In late 2002, OPM leaders also warned Papua New Guinean authorities about the increasing number of incursions across this border by Muslim extremist groups linked to attacks on Christians in some areas of Indonesia (The Independent/PI News Association, 2002).

The most credible conclusion is that some level of illegal trade in arms occurs in both directions.

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