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US Urges Megawati to Move on Mine Killings

A group of United States senators has called on President Megawati Soekarnoputri of Indonesia to make the investigation into the killing of two Americans and the wounding of eight others near the Freeport mine in West Papua “a national priority”. Seventeen Republican and Democrat senators wrote to Ms Megawati this month as the Administration prepared to brief Congress on the first release of new military training funds to Indonesia since the East Timor conflict. The release of funds was expected this week, but concerns over the lack of progress in the investigation into the shootings at the American-owned Freeport gold and copper mine last August could once again delay it. In their letter, the senators say the initial Indonesian police investigation “implicated members of the Indonesian military (TNI) in the attack”. But, they complain, a second joint Indonesian military and police inquiry involving the FBI has “stalled”. Full Story

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