INDONESIA TO SEND 2,000 TROOPS TO PAPUA

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Sept. 5) - The Indonesian
military is to dispatch four more battalions to Papua Province following clashes
in Timika which two weeks ago left five people dead and dozens injured.

Its Commander, General Endriartono Sutarto, says the troops will
be assigned to several places, including along the border with Papua New Guinea
to boost the strength of three battalions already stationed there.

He told the media that three battalions are not enough to
oversee more than 500 kilometers of territorial borders.

Meanwhile, after several days of calm, Timika, became tense on
Monday after two migrant motorcycle taxi drivers were killed by locals over what
is said to be a minor misunderstanding.

September 5, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/ 

 

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