PAPUA COUNCIL CANCELS MEETING WITH PRESIDENT WAHID

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (August 4, 2000 – ANTARA/Kabar Irian)---The Papua Council headed by Theys Eluay cancelled a planned meeting with President Abdurrahman Wahid here on Friday evening.

"The meeting was cancelled unilaterally," the head of the presidential bureau of media and press, Dharmawan Ronodipuro, said.

He said the Papua Council initially planned to come with a 150-strong delegation but later they stated only 51 and then 21 would come to the meeting. They failed to come after preparations had been made. "They cancelled it, not us," Ronodipuro said.

President Abdurrahman Wahid held meetings with Commander of the Defense Forces (TNI) Admiral Widodo, who was accompanied by National Police Chief General Rusdihardjo and Army Chief General Tyasno Sudarto and later with Mines and Energy Minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who came along with Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs/Home Affairs Minister Surjadi Soedirdja.

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