JAKARTA - The Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will likely bring a visit to the Netherlands next year. He will then sign a wide development agreement with Dutch prime-minister. This was announced by minister Bert Koenders (Development Cooperation) on Monday in the Indonesian capital. Koenders is on a visit in Indonesia and had conversations with vice-president Yusuf Kalla and others.
The Netherlands want to 'improve and extend' the current development relation with Indonesia and also wants to cooperate on cultural and consular areas as well as safety. The minister named Aceh in relation to this, which he visited last week. The Netherlands wants to help Indonesia with a further development of Aceh. Three years ago the government in Jakarta signed a peace agreement with the Free Aceh Movement (GAM). This agreement ended more than 30 years of armed battle.