PNG SKATE'S VISIT TO INDONESIA PUT OFF AGAIN

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 21, 1998 - The National/Pasifik Nius/Niuswire)---Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Bill Skate's visit to Indonesia has again been deferred -- for the second time in just over four weeks, the National reported today.

Mr. Skate had earlier planned to go to Jakarta during the first week of this month but it was deferred to May 4-6. It was again postponed on Friday and will now take place some time in June.

Jakarta advised its embassy in Port Moresby on April 14 that Mr. Skate would visit from May 4-6. But Jakarta again informed the embassy last Friday to advise PNG that President Suharto and his Government wanted the visit deferred until June in order to give them more time to prepare.

Initially, the Prime Minister was to be accompanied by a small party. But Mr. Skate wants to take along businessmen as part of his trade delegation and Jakarta wants more time to prepare for what it considers to be an important visit to promote trade and economic ties between the two neighbors.

Foreign Affairs Minister Roy Yaki met Indonesian Ambassador Benny Mandalika on Friday to discuss the visit.

A program is being prepared and will be announced when the dates are confirmed.

Title -- 1304 POLITICS: Skate's Indon visit put off again ate -- 21 April 1998 Byline – None Origin -- Pasifik Nius Source -- The National (PNG), 21/4/98 Copyright -- The National Status – Unabridged

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