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EU Concerned About Access to Aceh After Aid Worker Detained

The European Union will question the Indonesian government about a “disturbing” lack of access to war-torn Aceh province after one of its aid workers was detained there overnight, a diplomat said Friday. “It is really disturbing that we face such a situation of access,” said Ulrich Eckle, a political counselor in Jakarta for the EU’s executive arm, the European Commission (EC). “I think we will have to take it up with the government,” he said, adding that European Union member states would be briefed later Friday. Eckle told AFP that Karin Michotte, a Belgian aid worker, was taken into custody soon after she arrived in Aceh on Tuesday even though she had an authorization letter from the social affairs ministry to visit. “She spent the night in quasi-detention at an immigration facility in a cell,” he said. “The door was left open and she could go out and make phone calls but she could not go back to her hotel till the next morning and had to report three or four times to the army.” Full Story

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