Sunday, 17 April 2005

ST05 : Canberra Roundup

Sources at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are playing down speculation as to the health of Indonesian President Simoni.

One source, who asked not to be named, confirmed that the last direct communications between the Indonesian President and Prime Minister Brain had been several days ago, with the Indonesian President reportedly engaging in "domestic travel" since then.

The DFAT warning against travel to Indonesia has not as yet been lifted, and it has been officially stated that it will remain in place until things "calm down" and "armed militia no longer besiege the Presidential Palace.", a situation viewed with "great concern".

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