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Indonesia to continue IEU-CEPA talks despite protest

  • Adrian Wail Akhlas, Rizki Fachriansyah, Made Anthony Iswara and Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 18 2019   /  12:43 am

Indonesia will continue the ongoing negotiations on economic and trade partnership with the European Union despite a fresh spat following a leaked document about the EU’s plan to exclude biofuels derived from palm oil by 2021.Negotiations on the Indonesia-EU Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IEU-EEPA) would continue as scheduled, so that the talks could be concluded by the end of this year, Trade Ministry International Trade Negotiations Director General Iman Pambagyo said."We are hoping to seal the deal next year; that is our target," Iman told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, adding that Indonesia and the EU had held eight rounds of negotiations on the IEU-CEPA.However, the government will, at the same time, review a chapter on sustainable development in the IEU-CEPA draft, according to an official letter sent by Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Mahendra Siregar to European tr...