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Pinger locators of AirAsia QZ8501 not yet operated Pinger locators that can help detect the black box of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 have yet to be operated in the search area where the jets tail was found, the Indonesian search agency authority said here Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 January 2015 18:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta calls for diplomatic solution to South China Sea conflict Indonesia calls for all parties involved in the South China Sea conflict to refrain from conducting violent acts and prioritize a diplomatic solution, according to Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministrys press statement received here on Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 16 May 2014 16:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina labor union threatens to stop gas supplies to PGN The Federation of Pertamina United Labor Unions (FSPPB) has threatened to stop gas supplies to state gas distributor PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN) following a planned acquisition of PT Pertamina Gas (Pertagas) by PT PGN.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 13 May 2014 23:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nasdem supports Jokowi as presidential candidate The general chairman of the National Democrat (NasDem) party, Surya Paloh, said his party has agreed to merge with the Indonesia Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP) and support PDIPs presidential candidate Joko Widodo.

Posted in Elections @ 12 April 2014 17:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to buy combat helicopters from United States Indonesia wants to buy a number of combat helicopters from the United States for the army , Defenses Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said. "The choice is Apache combat helicopters to strengthen the army weapons system," Purnomo said here on Friday.

Posted in Military @ 15 February 2013 19:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US $1.56 billion for modernization Indonesian Army The Indonesian Army will have Rp14 trillion (US$1.56 billion) to buy its main equipment of weapons system this year. "That is the amount approved by the House of Representatives for the army to buy new weapons," Army Chief of Staff General Pramono Edhie Wibowo said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Military @ 13 February 2013 14:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono to receive several leaders in Bali President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Friday was scheduled to hold separate bilateral talks with several leaders attending the Bali Democracy Forum.

Posted in Politics @ 09 November 2012 11:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono to visit Mongolia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to make an official visit to Mongolia from September 5 to 7, an official said on Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 04 September 2012 22:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister condemns violence against Shiites in Madura Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali has condemned the latest violence against the Shiite community in Sampang district, Madura Island, East Java Province. "Any violence in whatever form, including in the name of religion or sectarian differences, is unacceptable," the minister stated here on Monday.

Posted in Violence @ 27 August 2012 16:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono receives Chancellor Merkel President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono received a courtesy call from German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Merdeka Palace here on Tuesday evening. Chancellor Merkel arrived at the Presidential Palace compounds at around 3.00 p.m., where President Yudhoyono met her upon her arrival.

Posted in Politics @ 10 July 2012 14:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Presidents calls for closer govt and private cooperation President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said the government and the private sector must strengthen cooperation to boost the country`s economy. "The private sector and the government are often late in benefiting the real opportunities for our economy and businesses," Yudhoyono said on the plane heading to Mexico, Sunday, for the G20 Summit.

Posted in Politics @ 17 June 2012 15:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Corruption convict captured in San Francisco Indonesia`s corruption convict Sherny Kojongian, who was wanted by the police in connection with the BLBI case of Bank BHS, has been caught in US city of San Francisco.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 June 2012 09:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono meets with new Timor Leste President Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met with newly-installed Timor Leste President Jose Maria Vasconcelos, popularly known by his nom de guerre Taur Matan Ruak (Tetum for "Two Sharp Eyes"), as part of his two-day visit in the neighboring country on Sunday.

Posted in Protests @ 20 May 2012 10:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


North Korean President to visit Indonesia North Korean President Kim Yong Nam is scheduled to arrive here on Sunday for a four-day working visit during which he will meet with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Posted in Politics @ 13 May 2012 11:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono receives British PM Cameron President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono received visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron at the Merdeka Palace here on Wednesday afternoon for bilateral talks.

Posted in Politics @ 11 April 2012 13:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US to grant F-16 aircraft to Indonesia The US government will provide a grant of 24 units of F-16 fighter aircraft to Indonesia, US ambassador to Indonesia Scot Marciel said here Thursday. "The United States will provide the combat aircraft as an aid in an effort to improve the military equipment of the Indonesian government," he said.

Posted in Military @ 10 December 2011 04:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Ausie hold bilateral talks Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono held bilateral talks with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard at Ayodya Hotel here on Sunday. In his prelude to the meeting, President Yudhoyono expressed his gratitude to the Australian delegation led by Premier Gillard to the 6th East Asia Summit for their contribution to the meeting.

Posted in Politics @ 20 November 2011 11:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and S. Korea sign defense cooperation agreement The governments of Indonesia and South Korea on Friday signed a defense agreement to strengthen its cooperation, local media reported.

Posted in Military @ 09 September 2011 16:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thai PM: Cambodian troops must leave border to solve dispute Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Sunday said the border conflict cannot be solved if Cambodian troops remain at the ancient Preah Vihear temple, MCOT Online reported. "I think the problem lies in Cambodia's refusal to withdraw its troops from the disputed area around Preah Vihear temple," Vejjajiva said.

Posted in Politics @ 08 May 2011 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Turkey discuss anti-terrorism effort with Muslim countries Indonesia on Wednesday discussed anti-terrorism cooperation between intelligence communities of Muslim countries, as a delegation is currently on an official visit to Turkey.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 April 2011 01:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Saudi Arabia to release 300 Indonesian prisoners Saudi Arabia pledged to release more than 300 Indonesians jailed in the country for various offenses after an Indonesian minister visited the Arab state to seek clemency for 23 Indonesians on death row, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Politics @ 17 April 2011 17:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Malaysia maritime border dispute continues Malaysia protested Indonesia's detention of two vessels suspected of fishing illegaly in the Indonesian part of the Malacca Strait, the Jakarta Globe reported Sunday. Indonesia's Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries confirmed that its patrol boat, the Hiu, on Thursday detained two Malaysian vessels, carrying five Thai and Burmese crew members, suspected of fishing illegally with trawl nets.

Posted in Politics @ 10 April 2011 21:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and India to begin economic cooperation talks With Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's scheduled visit to India next week, the two countries are expected to begin talks in order to enter a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA), the Business Standard reported Thursday.

Posted in General @ 21 January 2011 04:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pakistan and Indonesia could sign trade agreement in early 2011 The Governments of Pakistan and Indonesia are likely to sign a preferential trade agreement (PTA) in the first quarter of 2011, officials said on Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 23 December 2010 19:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian lawmaker denies requesting 100 billion bribe  Indonesian lawmaker Muhammad Hatta on Wednesday denied allegations that he requested a Rp. 100 billion ($11.11 million) bribe, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 December 2010 01:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kostrad ready to protect border with Malaysia The Army Strategic Reserves Command (Kostrad) is out to protect the border shared by Indonesia and Malaysia in Kalimantan for the sake of territorial integrity. "Currently we are maintaining security in the border zone. If needed, we will mobilize our troops there," Kostrad chief Lt. Gen Burhanudin Amin told Antara state news agency on Monday as he inspected a combined free fall exercise attended by hundreds of soldiers at the Kalijati airbase in the West Java regency of Subang.

Posted in Military @ 24 August 2010 08:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A few hours in Jalan Jaksa I have been there before and I have written about it before. It is still a nice and not unimportant easy-to-reach destination for a quick lunch and a Large Bintang before you start the second half of the day. Just relaxing for a couple of hours, coming to terms after the first part of the day.

Posted in Travel @ 23 March 2010 09:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Unilever and Nestle ban palmoil giant Sinar Mas After Unilever, Nestle also decided to ban Indonesian palmoil giant Sinar Mas as a supplier for their factories. The world's biggest food producer has done this after pressure from environmental organisations like Greenpeace, which accuse Sinar Mas of destroying the Indonesian rain forests.

Posted in Environment @ 19 March 2010 05:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Solution for overcrowded terminal 1A in sight? Both Lion Air and Batavia Air both have plans to move from the overcrowded terminal 1A at the international airport of Soekarno-Hatta near the Indonesian capital Jakarta. Both airlines have the desire to move to another location in the same terminal, so terminal 1C is to be the new crowded place after Air Asia left that place for the new Terminal 3 last year.

Posted in Travel @ 06 March 2010 10:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bishop: 'Islam terrorises minorities' The majority of Muslems in Indonesia terrorizes religious minorities like Christians. The local authorities have the obligation to guarantee that minorities are free in expression of their religion, but that doesn't stop Muslems from forcing their rules onto them. These words were spoken by bishop Johannes Pujasumarta of West Java when he was interviewed by the Catholic press agency AsaiaNews.

Posted in Religion @ 11 February 2010 13:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Injuries in clash between tribes continues in Papua At least nine people were injured when another clash erupted between two groups in Kwamki Lama district in the Papua regency of Mimika on Tuesday morning. Mimika Baru Police chief Adj. Comr. Langgia told that eight of the victims had been taken to a local hospital.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 05 January 2010 04:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Focus on earthquake preparedness, not prediction Predicting earthquakes is an inexact science - which is why disaster preparedness remains key to saving lives, scientists say. Experts have forecast that a long undersea faultline along Indonesia's Sumatra Island is due to produce a powerful and devastating earthquake in the next few decades.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 November 2009 02:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KLM will fly to Bali soon The Dutch airline KLM will fly to Bali with a direct flight three times a week from December this year. A stop in Singapore is scheduled for the trip however. The company made this announcement earlier today. This good news for those travelers that can not entirely leave behind their home country comes during a period in which KLM is having talks with Garuda Indonesia over a possible agreement.

Posted in Travel @ 02 October 2009 12:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


FPI doesn't agree with how it goes - again The head of the FPI (Front Pembela Islam, 'Islamic Defenders Front') has said that the current Cipta Kondisi operation held by the police during the holy month of Ramadan is provocative. Habib Rizieq Shihab said that the operation by the police was like terrorism and intimidate religious persons like in the time of Suharto. "It violates human rights and the constitution," he said in an SMS while he was in Samarinda, Kalimantan.

Posted in Religion @ 30 August 2009 02:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia stops sending maids to Malaysia immediately Indonesia has ordered employment agencies to stop sending its citizens to Malaysia to work as maids. Indonesian Manpower Minister Erman Suparno said the decision - effective today - would remain in place until safeguards are implemented in Malaysia. “I have spoken of the temporary halt in bilateral talks with the Malaysian Human Resources Minister (Datuk Dr S. Subrama-niam) during the International Labour Conference in Geneva on June 12,” Erman said in a statement yesterday.

Posted in Politics @ 27 June 2009 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia proposes joint patrols in disputed Ambalat waters Indonesian Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono Wednesday proposed that Indonesia and Malaysia conduct joint maritime border patrols in the disputed waters of Ambalat in the Sulawesi Sea. He conveyed the suggestion to visiting Malaysian Chief of Defence Forces Gen Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Zainal who had called on him at his office here.

Posted in General @ 10 June 2009 02:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia looking to buy new C-130 military planes The Indonesian government is currently in talks with the United States to buy new Hercules C-130 planes produced by Lockheed Martin in two to three years from now. There is also a possibility that they will purchase fighter jets and u-boats. The government is targeting to expend some 1.2 percent of the gross domestic product for national security. At the moment this is only 0.68 percent.

Posted in Military @ 30 May 2009 11:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia urges Australia to back global crisis fund The Indonesian Trade Minister has expressed hopes that Australia will support a key Indonesian proposal at the G20 meeting in April. Mari Pangestu says she would like Canberra to canvass rich nations to commit to a fund to support developing countries through the global financial crisis at the G20 talks in London.

Posted in Economy @ 19 February 2009 13:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic clerics mull smoking ban in Indonesia Indonesian clerics have gathered to debate whether Muslims in the nation of 235 million should be banned from smoking. A decision by the top Islamic body to issue a fatwa, or religious ruling, could help shape government policy in one of the world's largest tobacco markets.

Posted in Religion @ 24 January 2009 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia hopes on agreement on bird flu virus specimen Indonesia hopes negotiations on the material transfer agreement for bird flu virus specimen can be rounded up at the inter-governmental meeting of WHO members in November, health minister Siti Fadillah Supari said. Indonesia hopes the agreement can be kept simple but it has to able to accommodate the interests of the developing countries, Antara news agency on Friday quoted the minister as saying.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 05 September 2008 03:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


When life is made impossible Together we are sitting below a blue plastic cover that is used as roof for a bed and some personal possessions. That is all that Kudasi has left. Together we look back at the earthquake that struck some one and a half year ago first. It caused the death of several thousand people and tens of thousands ended up in the same situation as he is in now. He was lucky then, in Parangtritis, a village at the southern beach directly south of the city of Yogyakarta, damage was limited. Now however he became one of the victims, but not from an earthquake. It were the 'new colonials' as he describes it. It is a commonly used term to represent a government that is pushing it's own ideas forward not listening to the people they ought to represent.

Posted in Culture @ 04 February 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua to protect forests, seeks cash Papua want to preserve parts of its rain forest in exchange for help in cash money to help slow down global warming. These were the words of the governor at the U.N. climate talks. "We have decided to set aside a large part of our conversion forests to save the planet," said governor Barnabas Suebu during climate talks in Bali. Currently conversion forests are marked to be used as palm oil or pulp plantations.

Posted in Environment @ 06 December 2007 15:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali hosting global warming talks Leaders from many governments started to arrive in Bali on Sunday for what is expected to be a lengthly and contentious negotiation on how to fight global warming. It is believed that global warming can cause a devastating rise in sea levels, which would send hundreds of millions of people into poverty and cause mass extinction of animals.

Posted in Environment @ 03 December 2007 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia: 'in talks to buy Airbus jets' The national airline of Indonesia, PT Garuda Indonesia, is in talks with Airbus to buy some 20 Airbus A320 planes to expand it's fleet for domestic routes, according to an official from the airline on Thursday. Talks with Airbus, a unit of European aerospace group EADS, come after a deal with Boeing last March for 25 737-800 planes with an estimated value of 730 million euro.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 07 September 2007 08:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia faces new airline ban in Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia has said it is considering a ban on Indonesian airlines from flying to the country for safety reasons. This news comes just after a newly instated ban in the European Union was announced for similar reasons. That ban came after two major air accidents in the archipelago earlier this year.

Posted in General @ 17 July 2007 14:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volkswagen may build factory in Indonesia A delegation of auto giant Volkswagen held a meeting with Minister of Industry Fahmi Idris for talks on the possibility of opening an assembly plant in Jakarta, as was reported by local press earlier today. Director General of Transportation Industry Budhi Dharmadi confirmed the meeting, telling that Volkswagen was assessing possibilities of opening a new plant in Asia outside China, which it's largest production base in the continent.

Posted in Economy @ 22 May 2007 16:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian central bank to leave Rupiah to market The central bank in Indonesia will allow the market to determine the exchange rates for the Rupiah, even if the currency strengthens beyond 9,000 against the dollar, as was said by deputy governor Aslim Tadjuddin on Friday. Soon after his comments, the currency did indeed break the psychological mark and rose to 8,975 per dollar.

Posted in Economy @ 07 May 2007 09:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strike at US-owned mine Freeport in Papua continues Thousands of workers from a mine in the easternmost province of Papua continued to strike for a third day yesterday, disrupting work at one of the biggest copper mines in the world. The workers moved their rally to a site outside the local headquarters of PT. Freeport Indonesia in Timika while protest leaders resumes talks with the company's officials in an attempt to reach a deal.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 20 April 2007 03:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adam Air to continue expansion Adam Skyconnection Airlines said the Jan. 1 crash of one of its aircraft will not affect expansion plans as the Indonesian budget carrier will pursue adding 60 planes within five years and searching for a strategic investor. The airline also plans to lease 10 Boeing 737 planes this year, bringing its total fleet to 32, according to the company's president director, Adam Suherman, whose family owns the Jakarta- based carrier.

Posted in General @ 14 February 2007 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yeo: Linking Indonesian sand ban to extradition treaty unfortunate Indonesia's ban on sand exports to Singapore was one of the key concerns in Parliament on Monday. Members of Parliament were keen to find out about the impact of the ban on the construction industry and Singapore's relations with Indonesia. In his reply, Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo said linking the sand ban to the extradition treaty being sought by Indonesia and border talks would be unfortunate and counterproductive.

Posted in General @ 13 February 2007 01:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia could lose 2,000 islands due to climate change Rising sea levels because of global warming stand to inundate around 2,000 islands in Indonesia by 2030, the country's environment minister said Monday. The assessment by Rachmat Witoelar was the government's bleakest yet of the effects of global warming on the Southeast Asian nation that is made up of some 18,000 islands, most of them unpopulated.

Posted in Environment @ 29 January 2007 09:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia asks troops to fight bird flu Indonesia has called on the military to help fight bird flu, a day after a young girl became the country's sixth victim this month. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered the military chief to deploy soldiers to help fight the disease, Cabinet Secretary Sudi Silalahi told reporters. "He called on governors, regents, mayors to be more active in leading efforts to fight bird flu in affected areas," Silalahi said after ministers held talks with Yudhoyono.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 27 January 2007 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans sand exports Indonesia has announced a ban on land sand exports. Land sand is used in the construction industry to produce cement. Singapore says it is disappointed but it believes the ban is unlikely to have a significant impact on the construction industry. Indonesia says the ban on the export of sand is due to environmental reasons and to protect Indonesia's borders.

Posted in Economy @ 25 January 2007 08:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia floods drive timber prices Massive flooding in Malaysia and Indonesia, the world's top two exporters of tropical timber, has forced timber prices up sharply, according to a new industry report. "The incessant rainfall and widespread flooding drove prices for Malaysian timber products sharply up," the International Tropical Timber Organisation was quoted by AFP as saying in its latest newsletter.

Posted in Flooding @ 21 January 2007 09:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU, Indonesia target illegal logging pact The European Union and Indonesia, home to most of the world's orangutans, have agreed to negotiate a pact aimed at helping stop illegal logging which is threatening their habitat, the EU said on Tuesday. The voluntary accord, once complete, will provide assurance that Indonesian forest products imported to the EU are verified as legal. The EU is the third largest market for Indonesian timber after China and the United States.

Posted in Environment @ 10 January 2007 02:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh votes to decide life after war More than 2 million people are expected to vote in Indonesia's once-rebellious Aceh on Monday in landmark elections aimed at bolstering a peace deal between the government and separatists. Jakarta and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) signed the Aug. 15, 2005 truce under Finnish mediation to end almost three decades of fighting that had killed 15,000 people since the rebels launched a struggle for an independent state on the northern tip of Indonesia's Sumatra island.

Posted in Elections @ 11 December 2006 03:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The hidden tragedy of West Papua "Of course the police are just as good at torturing as the army. Some of the cruder forms [include] putting a table leg onto the foot of somebody and then somebody heavily dancing on the table, which can be extremely painful. So, I mean torture is routine."

Posted in PT Freeport @ 23 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-Bush protests in Indonesia cause traffic jams Hundreds of protesters on Friday burned U.S. flags and chanted "You're not welcome here" ahead of a visit by U.S. President George W. Bush to predominantly Muslim Indonesia. Traffic jammed as protesters marched through the streets of Bogor, where Bush will meet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday for wide-ranging talks covering terrorism, the Middle East peace process, poverty alleviation and education.

Posted in Protests @ 18 November 2006 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 19 reactions


Omran held talks with JI leader Bashir in Indonesia Melbourne cleric Mohammed Omran held talks with Jemaah Islamiah spiritual leader Abu Bakar Bashir in Indonesia as part of a longstanding alliance between groups headed by the two men. The meeting, which followed earlier talks between the pair in Melbourne, was revealed to the Australian Federal Police in a written account provided by one of Sheik Omran's followers, who was later arrested on terrorism charges.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 November 2006 02:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Japan eyes LNG deal in Indonesia pres visit: Jakarta Japan wants liquefied natural gas (LNG) included in agreements to be signed with Indonesia during President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s visit this month, an Indonesian foreign ministry spokesman said on Friday. Spokesman Desra Percaya did not elaborate, but Japan is concerned about maintaining massive imports of Indonesian natural gas in LNG form, after Indonesian officials have said drastic cutbacks could be coming, as it wants to use more gas at home.

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2006 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bush faces rising anti-U.S. sentiment in predominantly Muslim Indonesia A politically weakened U.S. President George W. Bush will face anger over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when he visits mostly Muslim Indonesia on Monday for talks aimed at broadening ties with a strategic ally in the war on terror. Islamic groups have vowed to disrupt Bush's brief stop in the country, which is also seen in Washington as a key counterbalance to China's emerging economic and military might in Southeast Asia.

Posted in Human rights @ 17 November 2006 06:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police prepare 18,000 to anticipate anti-Bush rallies The Indonesian police would deploy 18,000 personnel to the capital city to anticipate rallies against the visit by U.S. President George W. Bush scheduled for Nov. 20. Jakarta Police Chief Insp. Gen. Adang Firman said the number of personnel represents two-thirds of the strength of the Jakarta Police.

Posted in Politics @ 07 November 2006 02:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


General, rebel among candidates in Aceh A former Indonesian general and a separatist rebel are among eight candidates running for governor in the once-volatile province of Aceh next month, an election official said on Monday. The poll, the first ever direct vote for top posts in the province, are a key stage in efforts to permanently end a conflict that has killed 15,000 people since the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) launched a rebellion against Jakarta in 1976.

Posted in Elections @ 06 November 2006 13:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of hardline Muslims rally against Bush’s planned visit Hundreds of Islamic hard-liners rallied in front of the American Embassy in Jakarta on Saturday, denouncing President Bush’s planned trip to the world’s most populous Muslim nation. “Bush should not come to Indonesia,” shouted Muhammad Ismail Yusanto, saying Bush was responsible for the violence in the Palestinian territories, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted in Politics @ 05 November 2006 02:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono to visit Japan President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and entourage are scheduled make a state visit to Japan from November 26 to 29, 2006. The Culture and Information Office of the Japanese Embassy here told the press recently that while in Japan the President and his wife Mrs Ani Yudhoyono will pay a courtesy call on the Japanese Emperor and his consort.

Posted in Politics @ 02 November 2006 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Yudhoyono faltering on Human Rights' After two years at the helm, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has drawn praise for ending the 30-year war in Aceh. Yet, human rights activists do not share the same enthusiasm when it comes to reforming the powerful military and solving human rights cases.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 October 2006 04:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


 Japan, Indonesia wrap up free trade negotiations Japan and Indonesia wrapped up four days of negotiations toward a possible free trade agreement, an official said Friday. The two countries concluded the round of talks in Tokyo and made progress in areas including goods and services and investment rules, said Foreign Ministry official Yuichi Watanabe. Negotiations are still needed in other areas such as energy, Watanabe said.

Posted in Economy @ 14 October 2006 03:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exxon stands firm on Natuna contract Despite uncertainty over its contract, giant oil and gas company ExxonMobil has expressed optimism that it will start developing the D-Alpha gas field in the Natuna Sea in 2008. "The contract is still valid and stands as it is. There have been no official talks about the contract being revised, let alone terminated," Peter J. Coleman, the company's president and general manager for Indonesia, told the press in Jakarta on Thursday evening.

Posted in General @ 13 October 2006 13:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


China, Indonesia intensify economic cooperation China and Indonesia agreed in Bali yesterday to intensify bilateral economic, trade and technical cooperation, especially in investment field. The agreement was reached at the 8th meeting of the Joint Commission on Economic, Trade and Technical Cooperation.

Posted in Economy @ 07 October 2006 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'US president may visit Indonesia in November' U.S. President George W. Bush may visit Indonesia next month to meet the leader of the world's most populous Muslim nation, seen as a close ally in Washington's global fight against terrorism, officials said Tuesday. If the talks are held, they would be the first on Indonesian soil between Bush and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Posted in Politics @ 03 October 2006 14:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Israel drops objections vs. Indonesia Israel has dropped its objections to Indonesia joining the UN peacekeeping force in south Lebanon, and the two sides are now discussing when Jakarta would send a promised 1,000 troops, a UN official said Friday. After talks that included UN peacekeeping officials, Israel reversed its claim that, because the two nations did not have diplomatic ties, it would not allow troops from Indonesia, the official said.

Posted in Military @ 02 September 2006 04:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh celebrates year of peace Tens of thousands of Acehnese gathered on Tuesday around the provincial capital's black-domed mosque to mark the anniversary of a landmark truce and to urge Indonesia's government not to water down the pact. At the governor's mansion, officials involved in the peace deal congregated in a hall to mark the Helsinki-signed pact, aimed at ending a 30-year war in which 15,000 people died.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 16 August 2006 08:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia fully reopens border with Timor Leste The Indonesian Military (TNI) has fully reopened the land border in East Nusa Tenggara province to allow Indonesians entering Timor Leste as security situation in the neighbor has returned to normal, an officer said Thursday. "We have fully reopened the land border. Indonesians are allowed to go to Timor Leste and so Timor Leste people can enter Indonesia as long as they have necessary legal document," Major Infantry Aziz Mahmudi, spokesman of border patrol, was quoted by the national Antara news agency as saying.

Posted in Politics @ 14 July 2006 14:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Australia moving for prisoner exchange agreement Indonesia and Australia have agreed to sign agreement on the exchange of prisoners and further talks on this issue will be held this week, a senior official said Wednesday. "We will be in talks with the Australian attorney general tomorrow (Thursday) to finalize the preparation. Indonesia and Australia have agreed with the substance of the prisoner exchange agreement," Minister of Justice and Human Rights Affairs Hamid Awaluddin was quoted by the Detikcom news website as saying.

Posted in Politics @ 29 June 2006 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt seeks to cut Garuda's debt in restructuring deal Indonesia's government will seek approval from the creditors of national carrier Garuda Indonesia to dramatically cut its debt in a restructuring plan to be discussed this week, the transport minister said. Under the plan, the carrier's debt would be reduced from around 794 million dollars to 274 million dollars and require creditors to convert up to 30 percent of its debt into equity, Hatta Rajasa was quoted by AFP as saying late Tuesday.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 17 May 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Iran's President arrives in Indonesia amid N-row Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Jakarta early Wednesday for a visit during which he may ask Indonesia to play a mediating role with Western nations over his country's contested nuclear program, AFP reported. Ahmadinejad was greeted amid tight security by Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda and about two dozen Indonesian and Iranian officials.

Posted in Politics @ 10 May 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Iran President to visit Indonesia Tuesday According to an AFP report, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is to visit Indonesia Tuesday for bilateral talks ahead of a summit of eight large Muslim countries in Bali, Iranian Foreign Ministry said. "Dr. Ahmadinejad is going to visit Indonesia on Tuesday at the invitation of his counterpart (President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono). Bilateral issues and political, economic and cultural issues are going to be discussed," ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters.

Posted in Politics @ 08 May 2006 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia's special envoy visits over Papua issue Australia's head of the Foreign Affairs and Trade Department Michael L'Estrange held meetings Friday with Indonesian officials to discuss the controversial issue of protection visas granted by Australia to 42 asylum seekers from Papua. Presidential spokesman Dino Patti Djalal said he met with the special envoy at an undisclosed location earlier in the day but declined to elaborate.

Posted in Politics @ 22 April 2006 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono meets Balkenende President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Saturday met with visiting Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, who seeks closer ties between the two countries. The two leaders met for 30 minutes, which was followed with bilateral talks between officials of the two countries. But, there was no immediate report about the result of the talks.

Posted in General @ 08 April 2006 11:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Review cooperation with Canberra' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for a review of Indonesia's cooperation with Australia, as a row over Canberra's decision to accept asylum seekers from Papua deepens. 'Relations between Indonesia and Australia are entering a difficult time, full of challenges,' he said yesterday.

Posted in Politics @ 05 April 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schools for Indonesians in Sabah There will be schools and teachers for children of Indonesians working in plantations in Sabah. This was among the decisions made during bilateral talks between Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Indonesian vice-president Jusuf Kalla here yesterday.

Posted in General @ 30 March 2006 08:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


S'pore, RI negotiating Bintan management Singapore is negotiating with Indonesia to seek concessions to partly manage Bintan Island in Riau Islands province by turning it into free trade zone (FTZ), which could accommodate more foreign manufacturing companies. The first round of negotiation, which looks likely to trigger controversy among local politicians, began on Batam island Saturday, with Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Singapore's Foreign Affair Minister George Yong-Boon Yeo at the forefront of the talks.

Posted in Economy @ 19 March 2006 07:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rice praises 'success story' Indonesia US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice praised Indonesia's record on religious tolerance and democracy as hundreds of Islamic protesters yelling "Condeleeza go to hell!" denounced America's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rice, on her first visit to the world's most populous Muslim nation, lunched with her counterpart Hassan Wirayuda, and afterwards praised Indonesia as "an inspiration to the entire world" for its religious tolerance and democratic progress.

Posted in Politics @ 15 March 2006 08:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kim Jong-il to make ground-breaking Indonesia trip North Korean leader Kim Jong-il will visit Indonesia in the near future after accepting an invitation from a special envoy for the Indonesian president, Hong Kong’s Yazhou Zhoukan reported Friday. Pyongyang has also asked Jakarta to act as a mediator in six-nation talks aimed at dismantling the North’s nuclear program. Presidential envoy Nana Sutresna, who visited both Pyongyang and Seoul recently, invited Kim to visit Indonesia “at an appropriate time,” and Indonesian officials said Kim was “willing to accept” the invitation, the weekly reported.

Posted in Politics @ 10 March 2006 14:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono's plan for Indonesia's resurrection Indonesia is trying to bring back the glory days when it was prominent in Asia. It is doing so by playing a larger role as a negotiator throughout the region, acting as a mediator between the Koreas, and pushing for democracy in Myanmar. At the same time, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is trying to unify the Indonesians by promoting a nationalism that hinges on this role as a leader in Asia.

Posted in Economy @ 18 February 2006 10:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Bali sentences stoke tensions with Indonesia Australia was last night bracing itself for more tension with Indonesia following the death sentences handed down to two Bali Nine ringleaders and the life sentences that will possibly see the other ring members die in Indonesian jails. Andrew Chan, 22, and Myuran Sukumaran, 24, were convicted of drug smuggling at Denpasar District Court and face death by firing squad unless they launch a successful appeal or are granted a presidential pardon.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 February 2006 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia invites North Korean leader to Jakarta President Susilo Bambang Yodhoyono has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Il to Jakarta for talks on how to reduce tension with South Korea, presidential spokesman Dino Patti Djalal said on Wednesday.Kim Jong Il, who rarely travels abroad, has said he "welcomed" the offer and also invited Yudhoyono to North Korea, Dino said. He said possible dates for both trips were still being discussed.

Posted in Politics @ 08 February 2006 14:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


VP Kalla holds historic meeting with GAM chiefs As snow floated down from the dark skies over Finland's capital Helsinki, Vice President Jusuf Kalla and exiled leaders of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) held a historic meeting aimed at building a long-lasting peace in Aceh. Kalla met for the first time with GAM leaders Malik Mahmud and Zaini Abdullah here Friday evening (early Saturday in Indonesia), following the signing of a peace accord Aug. 15, 2005, to end nearly three decades of separatist fighting.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 22 January 2006 15:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Govt withdraws last Aceh police personnel Indonesia finally withdrew its last police reinforcements from Aceh province yesterday under a landmark peace deal after problems finding ships to return them to their home bases. The withdrawal marked the final stage in a pullout of tens of thousands of Indonesian soldiers and police reinforcements from Aceh under the peace agreement between rebels and government forces.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 06 January 2006 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to delay last Aceh police withdrawal Transport problems have delayed until early next week the withdrawal of Indonesia's last police reinforcements from Aceh province, the final stage in a pullout of tens of thousands of soldiers and police under a landmark peace deal, police said. The contingent, which had been due to leave on Saturday, was likely to leave on Monday because of problems getting a vessel to ship them home.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 01 January 2006 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to withdraw 24,000 troops from Aceh Indonesia was preparing to pull the last of 24,000 troops from tsunami-ravaged Aceh province on Thursday, a key component of a peace accord to end three decades of fighting with separatist rebels. Some 3,350 soldiers carrying automatic rifles and heavy bags lined up before four Navy ships in the port town of Lhokseumawe and were slated to leave later Thursday, said Lt. Col. Eri Soetiko.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 29 December 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt plays down impact of new study on Papua vote The government plays down the controversial study by Dutch historian Prof. Pieter Drooglever on 1969 vote in Papua, saying that his report was purely academic. "We view the report as an academic study which is no different from other studies on Papua," Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Yuri Oktavian Thamrin said.

Posted in General @ 19 November 2005 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Merpati in talks with Deutsche Bank on 450 bln rupiah loan State-owned airline PT Merpati Nusantara is in talks with Deutsche Bank AG for a 450 bln rupiah bridging loan to refinance debts, Bisnis Indonesia reported quoting an official at the Office of the State Minister for State Enterprises. 'Merpati is negotiating the terms of the loan with Deutsche Bank,' Bisnis quoted Deputy State Minister for State Enterprises for logistic and tourism Harry Susetyo as saying. He said the government is considering listing Merpati to repay the loan.

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2005 08:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


2,500 more troops to be pulled out soon Military police searched the bags of some 2,500 Indonesian soldiers on Sunday ahead of their withdrawal from Aceh province under the terms of a peace deal to end one of Asia's longest-running wars. The troops are scheduled to leave from the port city of Lhokseumawe on Monday, bringing to about 12,000 the number of soldiers pulled out of Aceh since September. The withdrawal will complete the second of four phases of military redeployment.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 October 2005 11:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Solutions sought for decline in orangutan population The government says a comprehensive assessment process is underway on the plight of the orangutan due to mass deforestation, but it will avoid scaring off foreign investors. Minister of Forestry Malam Sambat Kaban said over the weekend that his office was in talks with other authorities and the government of Malaysia on the decreasing number of orangutans -- Asia's only great ape -- which are only found in Kalimantan, parts of Malaysia and Brunei, and in Sumatra.

Posted in Environment @ 17 October 2005 10:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian army set for second Aceh troop pullout Indonesia's military will begin withdrawing 6,000 more soldiers from Aceh this week under the second phase of a landmark peace pact ending one of Asia's longest conflicts, a spokesman said on Monday. Aceh military spokesman Erie Soetiko said 650 troops would leave the province on Tuesday, the same day the armed forces expect former rebels of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) to complete the second phase of its weapons handover.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 October 2005 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bombers transferred to Nusa Kambangan prison Three convicts responsible for the 2002 Bali bombings were transferred to a Central Java prison on Tuesday as Balinese prepared to mark the anniversary of the tragedy. The transfer came on the heels of mounting pressure from the Balinese that the convicts on death row -- Amrozi, Imam Samudra and Ali Ghufron alias Mukhlas -- be executed immediately. Public pressure increased for the death sentence to be carried out following a second bomb attack in Jimbaran and Kuta Square here on Oct. 1, which killed 23 people.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 October 2005 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebels begin surrendering weapons Dozens of rebels from the Free Aceh Movement, or GAM, came to the regional capital of Banda Aceh Thursday to hand in a total of 78 weapons to international monitors from the European Union and Asian nations. Scores of GAM fighters rode onto a football field, and watched under the scorching sun, as their leaders handed over weapon after weapon to members of the Aceh Monitoring Mission.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 16 September 2005 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Aceh rebels sign truce The Indonesian government and Aceh rebels have signed a peace treaty to end nearly 30 years of fighting in the oil- and gas-rich province that killed 15,000 people. The signing ceremony in Helsinki on Monday followed seven months of talks mediated by former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, who spurred the two sides to agreement to help international aid reach the Aceh region, which was devastated by last year's tsunami.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 15 August 2005 12:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Peace deal raises doubts, hopes in Aceh People in Aceh reacted cautiously on Monday to a deal aimed at ending 30 years of civil war in the Indonesian province that was more devastated by the Dec. 26 tsunami than any other place.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 July 2005 18:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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