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Indonesian President takes hard line on Papua

ABC News - August 17, 2007

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has warned his Government will not tolerate interference from those who want to slow down the development of Papua. The President issued the warning in his annual address to Parliament.

Mr Yudhoyono said the state would be strict and there would be no place for anyone pushing separatism that threatens the sovereignty and unity of the state.

He said Indonesia was also very serious about stamping out terrorism and it was Indonesia's duty along with the global community to create a safe and peaceful world.

He praised the success of Indonesia's security forces in preventing terrorist attacks and called on Indonesians to give more appreciation to the National Police and other ant-terrorist forces.