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Indonesia Orders Red Cross Out Of Papua Province After Visits To Suspected Rebels In Jail

(AP) Indonesia’s government ordered the International Committee of the Red Cross to shut its office in Papua province after staff members visited suspected rebels in jail, officials said Thursday.

Four staff members were pulled from the regional capital, Jayapura, in mid-March, ICRC Indonesia delegation head Vincent Nicod said, adding that talks were being held to find a resolution. (more…)


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Hearing of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs;

Subject: “New beginnings: Foreign policy priorities in the Obama Administration”

Chaired By: Representative Howard Berman (D-Ca);

Witness: Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton;

Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.


REP. BERMAN:  (Strikes gavel.)  The time of the gentleman has expired. The gentleman from American Samoa, the chairman of the Asia and Pacific Subcommittee, Eni Faleomavaega, is recognized for five minutes.

DEL. ENI F.H. FALEOMAVAEGA (D-AS):  Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Madame Secretary, I want to congratulate you on your appointment as secretary of State, and commend you for the admirable work you are doing to address our most daunting problems around the world.

I think your decision to visit Asia on your first overseas trip sent precisely the right signal about the importance we place on the Asia Pacific region and our commitment to our treaty allies in Japan and Korea, and our intent to re-engage the ASEAN countries and our plans to foster a positive, constructive dialogue with the People’s Republic of China. (more…)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Indonesia needs to allow “a degree of autonomy” in its Papua province. Clinton said the Obama administration would raise the subject with Indonesia. A low-level insurgency seeking to break from the central government has been waged in Papua since Indonesia took it over from the Dutch in 1963. About 100,000 Papuans, or about a sixth of the population of the impoverished territory, have died in military operations. Clinton said Wednesday the province “needs to be supported in its efforts to have a degree of autonomy.” She was responding to a question at a congressional hearing by Rep. Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, American Samoa’s nonvoting delegate to Congress and a frequent critic of Indonesia. Source: Taiwan News

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