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JP: No place for separatist movements in RI: Top security
 Paul Barber
 Apr 23, 2003 07:44 PDT 

Received from Joyo Indonesia News

The Jakarta Post [online]
April 23, 2003

No place for separatist movements in RI: Top security minister

JAKARTA (JP): Coordinating Minister for Security and Political Affairs Susilo
Bambang Yudhoyono reiterated here on Wednesday that there is no place for
separatist movements in the country -- in Aceh, Papua or Maluku.

"The government's stance is very clear -- it will not tolerate a separatist
movement, in Ambon (Maluku), Aceh or Papua," Susilo said after a coordination
meeting on political and security affairs, as quoted by Antara.

The minister was responding to a proposal by the separatist South Maluku
Republic (RMS) to commemorate its anniversary on April 25.

The government, he said, had done its best to stop separatist movements,
while fulfilling the aspirations of the people. "If the problems concern
justice, economic welfare, health and education, of course we shall address
them. But there is no place for movements that aim to secede (from
Indonesia)," he noted.

Susilo said he had instructed the governor, military and police chiefs of
Maluku to anticipate moves to revive the RMS. "I have communicated with them
so that the local administration can take appropriate measures that are not
counterproductive," he said.

The RMS is reportedly planning to hoist its flag in commemoration of its
anniversary on April 25.

Indonesian Military (TNI) chief Gen. Endriartono Sutarto, however, issued a
clear warning that the military would act firmly against anyone who tried to
hoist the separatist movement's flag.

Paul Barber
TAPOL, the Indonesia Human Rights Campaign,
25 Plovers Way, Alton Hampshire GU34 2JJ
Tel/Fax: 01420 80153
Email: plov-@gn.apc.org
Internet: http://tapol.gn.apc.org.htm
Defending victims of oppression in Indonesia,
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