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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Mar. 18) – The Indonesian military plans to more than double the number of its troops in the province of Papua.

An army spokesman says 15,000 new troops will be stationed in the province in stages during the next four years.

The spokesman says about 6,000 soldiers would be sent this year, more than doubling the number currently serving in the province.

Papua has been the scene of a sporadic guerilla rebellion since 1963 when Indonesia took control of the former Dutch colony.

Activists say the Indonesian military continues to carry out human rights abuses in the territory.

March 21, 2005

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