SUKARNOPUTRI STANDS FIRM AGAINST SEPARATISTS

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, June 9) - Indonesian
President Megawati Sukarnoputri has restated her government's determination to
preserve the country's territorial integrity in the face of separatist movements
in several provinces.

She said Indonesia is a unitary state and that cannot be changed
or negotiated.

She said that while she has given "wider room" for the
peaceful settlement of separatist desires, she would not tolerate armed
struggle.

Megawati ordered the resumption of a military operation in Aceh
after a peace pact signed last December with the Free Aceh Movement broke down.

Indonesia also faces a sporadic low-level armed revolt in the
easternmost province of Papua and a peaceful separatist movement in the Maluku
Islands.

June 10, 2003

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra 

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