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New Zealand unveils measures to free pilot held hostage by Papua separatist group

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Jakarta, IO – Indonesia and New Zealand continue the search for Susi Air pilot, New Zealander Philip Mark Mehrtens, who was kidnapped by the Free Papua Organization (OPM) since February 7.

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs unveiled measures to secure Philip’s release by prioritizing his safety and wellbeing, reported CNN Indonesia, Wednesday (8/3).

“We are working closely with the Indonesian authorities and we are doing everything we can, including deploying New Zealand consular staff, to secure the safe release of the hostage,” read the official statement.

The New Zealand government will also help and support Philip’s family in Aotearoa and Indonesia. “They (Philip’s family) have asked for privacy at a very difficult time like this,” it added.

Read: Police expands search area to find New Zealand hostage pilot

Philip was taken hostage by the Egianus Kogoya-led OPM, designated an armed criminal group (KKB) by the Indonesian government, after his plane was set on fire upon landing at Paro Airport, Nduga. Tuesday (7/3) marked exactly one month since his kidnapping. His whereabouts remains unknown. (un)

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