Indonesia's president cancels state visit to Netherlands at last minute
The state visit to the Netherlands by Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, due to begin today, has been cancelled at the very last moment. It's reported that the president was already onboard his plane in Jakarta, then suddenly disembarked.
The reason for the unexpected move lies in summary proceedings filed for in the Netherlands by the Moluccan government in exile in an attempt to force the Dutch Public Prosecutor's Office to arrest Mr Yudhoyono when he arrives in the country.
Many ethnic Moluccans from the South Molucca wikipedia islands in the Indonesian archipelago once served in the Dutch colonial army. They and their families came to the Netherlands in the 1950s following the independence of Indonesia formerly the Dutch East Indies in the 1940s. They have maintained a campaign for the independence from Jakarta of their self-proclaimed republic,
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