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Jakarta Post

ICRC closing its offices in Papua and Aceh

  • Lilian Budianto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 25 2009   /  01:34 pm

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it was closing its offices in Papua and Aceh while at the same time negotiating new work arrangements, in response to the Indonesian government objecting to the organization's presence in the two provinces. Spokesperson for ICRC Layla Berlemont Shtewi said Friday the ICRC had started closing down its offices around two weeks ago, expecting its activities in those provinces to completely wind up within the next week. "We are closing down the offices. It's a process. The government wants us to close the offices in Jayapura *capital of Papua province* and Aceh, while we're waiting for negotiations *on the new work arrangements* to conclude," she told The Jakarta Post. Indonesia ordered the ICRC to close its offices in Papua and Aceh, saying the organization had been operating in the two provinces witho...