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Jakarta Post

SBY tells foreign NGOs: ‘Back off domestic affairs’

  • Nani Afrida

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 23 2011   /  08:07 am

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has warned international green groups not to meddle in the country’s domestic affairs, saying that their campaigns against forest destruction could hamper his government’s efforts to lift people out of poverty.

Yudhoyono expressed gratitude for what international groups had done in the country, but reminded them to “stay away” from the country’s domestic affairs.

“I welcome all criticism addressed to the government. However, criticism from foreign environmental NGOs sounds as if the Indonesian government does not want to save the environment. They even make it sound like the government doesn’t exist. Don’t tear this country apart,” he said in his speech to commemorate Women’s Day on Thursday.

Yudhoyono said it was impossible for the government to meet the demands by international NGOs to stop all palm oil compan...