Fri, 10 Jan 2003

UK offers scholarships for RI officers

JAKARTA: The United Kingdom pledged on Thursday scholarships for Indonesian security personnel as part of its support for Indonesia's on-going antiterror drive.

Visiting British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the scholarships would be made available as soon as possible.

"We are inviting 20 Indonesian security officials to take a course on counter-terrorism crisis management, which will be held at the UK emergency training college in Yorkshire," Straw said during a joint press conference with his Indonesian counterpart, Hassan Wirayuda.

Straw also offered training in the UK for Indonesian Supreme Court justices.

"We could provide training for five Supreme Court justices," Straw said, adding that Britain was ready to support Indonesia for the long term to improve its security sector. --JP