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June 17, 2000

Jakarta Post - June 17, 2000

Jakarta – The National Commission on Human Right (Komnas HAM) announced on Friday that it had found no evidence of intentional mass killings or burials in the 1984 Tanjung Priok bloody shootings in North Jakarta. The commission, led by chairman Djoko Soegianto, reported its final conclusion of the incident to the House of Representatives.

South China Morning Post - June 17, 2000

Jakarta – Indonesia's once all-powerful military yesterday announced the replacement of 122 commanders and staff officers in a reshuffle aimed at modernising the forces.

June 16, 2000

Kyodo News - June 16, 2000

Dili – The UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) is sending a wrong message to the devastated territory by failing to allocate funds for environmental protection in its new budget, according to local environmentalists.

Agence France Presse - June 16, 2000

Jakarta – Indonesia's central bank on Friday temporarily eased lending limits for banks to encourage them to boost economic activity through increased loans.

Bank Indonesia deputy governor Subarjo Joyosumarto said in a statement rules covering capital adequacy ratio (CAR) limits and divestment of bank equity in heavily-indebted companies would also be relaxed.

Asiaweek - June 16, 2000

Alastair McLeod, Jayapura – Andy Burdam was just sitting down to an evening meal with his family when the police and militiamen arrived. They punched the 45-year-old Papuan elementary school teacher and dragged him away to the local police cells.

Jakarta Post - June 16, 2000

Jakarta – Legislator Pande Nabanan doubts that the government will be able to solve the July 27, 1996, bloody takeover of the Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI) headquarters.

He, instead, feared that the investigation into the case would meet the same fate as many other unresolved cases after they reach the hands of the Military Police (MP).

Sydney Morning Herald - June 16, 2000

Lindsay Murdoch, Jakarta – A group led by a former Australian foreign minister, Mr Gareth Evans, has warned of the possibility of a coup in the long-term in Indonesia if its enfeebled government fails to meet popular expectations.

June 15, 2000

Reuters - June 15, 2000

Sonali Paul, Melbourne – Australian, East Timorese and United Nations officials have told oil companies renegotiation of the Timor Gap Treaty would not hurt their oil and gas plans, a Phillips Petroleum Co executive said on Thursday.

Jakarta Post - June 15, 2000

Jakarta – University of Indonesia students gave President Abdurrahman Wahid and Attorney General Marzuki Darusman "Soeharto Awards" on Wednesday, for their eight-month performance.

SCTV private television station reported that Abdurrahman won two trophies: for failing to eradicate corruption and nepotism, and for maintaining the status quo.

Sydney Morning Herald - June 15, 2000

Lindsay Murdoch, Jakarta – The Defence Minister, Mr Juwono Sudarsono, says there is a plot to destabilise Indonesia ahead of an August session of parliament at which some MPs are expected to challenge the presidency of Mr Abdurrahman Wahid.

Straits Times - June 15, 2000

Robert Go, Jakarta – Indonesia needs to have a coherent strategy on economic reforms and make serious efforts in eradicating corruption if it wants international donors to keep funds flowing into the country, urged a top World Bank official yesterday.

June 14, 2000

Stratfor Global Intelligence Update - June 14, 2000

After several months, Indonesia's military is re-emerging from the shadows. On June 13, the head of Indonesia's armed forces (TNI), Admiral Widodo Adisucipto, warned that the country was sliding further into chaos and that the government's first concern was to prevent the nation's disintegration.

Sydney Morning Herald - June 14, 2000

Lindsay Murdoch, Jakarta – Key Indonesian agencies are working hard behind the scenes to sabotage attempts to improve relations between Australia and Indonesia.

Jakarta Post - June 14, 2000

Jayapura – The presidium of the Papuan People's Congress plans to meet with President Abdurrahman Wahid on June 25 to submit the result of the recent congress which declared their desire to separate from Indonesia.

Straits Times - June 14, 2000

Jakarta – Eight people, including two policemen, have been killed and scores injured in the latest clashes between Muslims and Christians in the eastern Indonesian city of Ambon, the military said yesterday.

Indonesian Observer - June 14, 2000

Jakarta – Police in Irian Jaya (West Papua) have named two separatist leaders as suspects and charged them with treason following a recent congress at which the country's easternmost province was declared an independent state, a report said yesterday.

Indonesian Observer - June 14, 2000

Jakarta – Chief of the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI), Adm. Widodo AS warned foreigners yesterday against meddling in Irian Jayan or Papua affairs as the region is a legitimate part of the country, adding that the TNI will deal sternly against foreigners who fail to heed the warning.

Business Times - June 14, 2000

Todd Callahan – At a seminar last month in Jakarta, Indonesia's new State Minister of Investment and SOEs Rozy Munir reported that the growing number of foreign and domestic investment approvals was a sign that Indonesia is slowly recovering.

June 13, 2000

Straits Times - June 13, 2000

Jakarta – Jakarta police have denied a statement by the city's governor that they are planning to deploy snipers at commercial centres in the capital ahead of the next session of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) in August. "We aren't going to deploy snipers in the city," said Zainuri Lubis, a police spokesman.

Agence France Presse - June 13, 2000

Jakarta – Indonesia's state electricity company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) said Monday it was seeking a 29.4 percent across the board increase in basic electricity tariffs this year.

South China Morning Post - June 13, 2000

Chris McCall, Jakarta – Fighting is officially over in Aceh province, but a month after a ceasefire accord it is hard to tell the difference. Fighting has continued unabated since the deal took effect on June 2, with at least two people dead and many more wounded or made refugees.

Sydney Morning Herald - June 13, 2000

Mark Dodd – East Timor, a rugged and mountainous half-island territory just 300 nautical miles off Australia's north-west coast, has long played a strategic role in Australia's defence planning.

Business Times - June 13, 2000

The attorney-general says the Indonesian president is above board. But the case of the presidential masseur, and 35 billion rupiah (S$7 million) of pension funds that have gone missing with him, has taken a life of its own.

Business Times - June 13, 2000

By couple of weeks ago, Philip Eng, when replying to questions from reporters on whether he was concerned with the sharp fall in the price of Astra International's shares, noted that country risk rather than corporate failings was driving the stock down.

Jakarta Post - June 13, 2000

Jakarta – Police will question State Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Mahadi Sinambela and Rudini, the former chairman of the General Election Commission (KPU), over an alleged malfeasance in the purchase of flags for political parties during last year's general election.

Agence France Presse - June 13, 2000

Jakarta – Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid must show at least some direction in tackling the country's economic and political woes or face the risk of an impeachment move in August, his economic advisor said Tuesday.

Associated Press - June 13, 2000

Jakarta – Indonesian security forces fired rubber bullets to disperse stone-throwing students protesting in a provincial town in Borneo, injuring at least 14 people, a report said Tuesday.

The students then set ablaze a motorcycle and damaged three cars, all belonging to the security officials, the online service Detik.com reported.

Jakarta Post - June 13, 2000

Ambon – At least eight people, including two Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) officers, were killed during three, likely related, raids by armed men on Monday.

The attacks began when speedboats sped by shooting at Galala port in Ambon. Soon after an attack occurred at the nearby adjacent villages of Hative Kecil and Galala, just a few kilometers from Ambon.

June 12, 2000

Jakarta Post - June 12, 2000

Bogor – Police caught eight men on Friday from among some 200 armed locals who were vandalizing the 3,000-square-meter Gunung Mas tea plantation in Blok Panjang at Cibereum village, Cisarua district.

Jakarta Post - June 12, 2000

Jakarta – The "Indonesian Axis" (Poros Indonesia) is set to burst onto the political scene, bringing together a cross section of figures from various political backgrounds who want to improve the state of their respective parties.

Detikworld - June 12, 2000

Jakarta – Weapons smuggling to the Poso region in Central Sulawesi is a well orchestrated operation linked to the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) according to Andi Matalatta, a member of the Golkar faction of the Peoples' Consultative Assembly.

Detikworld - June 12, 2000

Jakarta – The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) and the Mining Advocacy Network (Jatam) have condemned the brutal treatment of traditional miners at the hands of the Indonesian police, military and government officials acting in the interests of, and perhaps in direct coordination with, a mining operation owned by an Australian company.

South China Morning Post - June 12, 2000

Chris McCall, Jakarta – A top figure in Indonesia's unstable east yesterday called for the Government to crack down hard on religious bloodshed, as the military said at least 123 had been killed in the latest flashpoint area.

Jakarta Post - June 12, 2000

Jayapura – Minister of Human Rights Affairs Hasballah M. Saad announced on Saturday the establishment of a special team to probe humanitarian crimes in Irian Jaya.

Speaking to journalists after meeting with pro-independence advocates and local leaders in Jayapura, Hasballah said as an initial step, he had sent a team of four to the province to gather facts from the people.

Business Times - June 12, 2000

Shoeb Kagda, Jakarta – Anyone watching the current spat between Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid and Bank Indonesia governor Sjahril Sabirin should be forgiven if he said: "Have we not seen all this before?" For it was only a few short months back when Mr Abdurrahman engaged in a battle of wits and verbal sparring with his former military commander and coordinating minister fo

Sydney Morning Herald - June 12, 2000

Mark Dodd, Dili – Do not expect shiny stainless steel tables or a laboratory filled with gleaming new equipment at the United Nations' forensic examination centre in Dili.

Agence France Presse - June 12, 2000

Jakarta – Indonesian authorities were Monday investigating past liquidity support for banks given by the central Bank Indonesia while its chairman remains embroiled in the Bank Bali controversy.

June 11, 2000

Straits Times - June 11, 2000

Jakarta – Coordinating Economics Minister Kwik Kian Gie admitted on Friday that the culture of corruption, collusion and nepotism was still prevalent in the bureaucracy under President Abdurrahman Wahid, and said it would take a while to eradicate.

Agence France Presse - June 11, 2000

Jakarta – Shoppers pack the supermarkets in the Indonesian capital these days, car and mobile phone sales are jumping, seven new airlines are ready to hit the skies and companies are reporting solid first quarter profits.

Jakarta Post - June 11, 2000

Jakarta – Five suspected holdup men were mobbed and burned to death by an angry crowd after being caught demanding money from passengers of a mikrolet public minivan in East Jakarta on Saturday.

June 10, 2000

Agence France Presse - June 10, 2000

Jakarta – Australian Prime Minister John Howard yesterday reassured President Abdurrahman Wahid that Australia respects Indonesia's territorial integrity, and agreed to patch up diplomatic relations.

Sydney Morning Herald - June 10, 2000

Lindsay Murdoch, Jakarta – Not long ago feted as South-East Asia's greatest leader, Indonesia's former president Soeharto knows little about the dramatic changes taking place in the country he ruled for 32 years.

His family do not allow Mr Soeharto, who turned 79 this week, to read newspapers or watch television news, apparently for fear his blood pressure will rise.

Sydney Morning Herald - June 10, 2000

Mark Dodd, Dili – The de facto parliament, the National Consultative Council, has approved a Budget of $US59.23 million to help the nation rebuild after last year's devastating militia violence. The budget will be taken for approval to an international donors' conference in Lisbon this month.

Jakarta Post - June 10, 2000

Banda Aceh – Rebels shot and wounded a Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) officer in a gunfight between security forces and Free Aceh Movement (GAM), the third attack since a cease-fire was declared eight days ago, an official said Friday.

Straits Times - June 10, 2000

Devi Asmarani, Jakarta – Parliamentarians from the party linked to Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid are spearheading a new probe into an estimated 2.7 trillion rupiah (S$513 million) allegedly stolen from the National Logistics Agency (Bulog) under his predecessors.

Australian Financial Review - June 10, 2000

Peter Hartcher – Australia came perilously close to war with Indonesia last year. Australian policy planners know that we could easily veer towards a collision once more. And if you look at the speed with which things have gone badly wrong in our region, you'd be foolish to dismiss the threat.

June 9, 2000

Dow Jones Newswires - June 9, 2000

Simon Montlake, Jakarta – Local activists protesting over land rights have lifted a siege of a 14-ton-a-year gold mine in Kalimantan, owned and operated by a unit of Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto Ltd. (A.CRA), the company said Friday.

Straits Times - June 9, 2000

Jakarta – Authorities in Jakarta have given the go-ahead for police to shoot rioters if other attempts to control them fail, according to reports published here yesterday.

The decision was reached at a meeting between administration leaders, the military, police and civic leaders at the Jakarta governor's office on Wednesday, the Warta Kota daily reported.

South China Morning Post - June 9, 2000

Agence France Presse in Tokyo – Australian Prime Minister John Howard sought to move beyond past acrimony at yesterday's summit with Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid, the first since the East Timor crisis.

Reuters - June 9, 2000

Grace Nirang, Jakarta – Little fresh investment will flow into Indonesia's mining sector this year as companies hug the sidelines due to a host of problems plaguing the industry.