Tue, 05 Aug 2003

Police announce major reshuffle

JAKARTA: Police announced on Monday a major tour of duties of several positions in the institution, including the appointment of National Police deputy spokesman Brig. Gen. Edward Aritonang as East Nusa Tenggara Police chief.

"The tour of duties is necessary for the interests of the National Police," said Aritonang.

Aritonang will be replaced by East Java Police deputy chief Brig. Gen. Soenarko Danu Ardanto.

East Nusa Tenggara Police chief Brig. Gen. Yakhobus Jacki Uly will head the School for Police Officers (Kaselapa). Brig. Gen. Herman Hidayat, the Bali Police deputy chief, will head the West Sumatra Police, while his position will be filled by Brig. Gen. Teguh Soedarsono. --JP.

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RI still recognizes Iraq embassy

JAKARTA: The government still recognizes the Iraqi embassy as a symbol of the diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Iraq despite the fact that the leadership of President Saddam Husein is over.

"In principle we recognize the status of the Iraqi embassy in Indonesia even if the leadership of Saddam Husein has ended," the spokesman of the ministry of foreign affairs Marty Natalegawa was quoted by Antara as saying Monday.

Marty was referring to the conflict involving the former Iraqi ambassador to China, Muwafak al Ani, and his staff following the United State's request to expel the diplomat.

"We still recognize whoever is staying at the embassy compound because the embassy is symbolic of the diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Iraq as states, not individuals," he said.

He also said that Indonesia would recognize a new Iraqi government if the majority of Iraqi people supported it.--Antara

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Defense ministry to set up university

JAKARTA: The defense ministry is still preparing for the establishment of defense university, the National Defense Higher Learning Institute (STIHAN).

"STIHAN will net military cadets and civil servants working for the defense ministry, the Indonesian Military, National Police, and civil servants from other departments closely related to national defense," defense ministry Secretary General Vice Marshal Suprihadi was quoted by Antara as saying.

Suprihadi said STIHAN would offer three study programs -- Defense Strategy, Defense Management, and Defense Information Technology.

He did not say when the university will open, but indicated that the ministry was waiting for the backing of the National Education Department, military leadership, and existing higher learning institutions. --Antara

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Maritime law to be revised

BATAM: The government is considering the revision of Law No. 21/1992 on maritime to make it applicable to current conditions, Minister of Transportation Agum Gumelar said Monday.

The law regulates maritime-related issues such as the sea borders between Indonesia and neighboring countries Malaysia and Singapore.

The minister said that the existing law was inadequate in dealing with foreign fishing boats and sea pirates.

He did not indicate when the revision will be submitted to the House of Representatives nor did he specify the revision's completion date. --Antara