JAKARTA - Indonesia has criticised the United States on for its ultimatum to Iraq and says diplomatic efforts should continue. In a speech to the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush said Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and his sons had 48 hours to go into exile or face an attack.
An Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman says Jakarta cannot accept the notion that diplomacy has run its course and believes this is a time to enhance diplomatic efforts. He says whatever happens over the next 48 hours, it will not have the support of the Indonesian government.
Indonesian politicians and religious leaders have said they fear a backlash and possible violence if a U.S. attack on Iraq goes ahead. Indonesia's embassy in Iraq is temporarily closed and all of its 10 diplomatic staff had been evacuated.