Indonesian president's state visit to Netherlands definitively cancelled

6th October 2010, Comments 0 comments


Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s state visit to the Netherlands has been definitively cancelled.

The Indonesian head of state and his wife were invited by Queen Beatrix to bring an official visit to the Netherlands this week, but decided to cancel the visit at the last possible moment. The cancellation was caused by summary proceedings against the president filed with a Dutch court by Molucccan activists.

The government–in-exile of the Republik Maluku Selatan Republic of the South Moluccas wanted the court to issue a warrant for the arrest of Mr Yudhoyono. The RMS accuses the Indonesian president of human rights violations and the abuse of political prisoners. The court will hand down its ruling on Wednesday.

Risk The Indonesian president did not want to run the risk of being received by Queen Beatrix and outgoing Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, while a few hundred metres away a court would be considering whether to issue a warrant for his arrest. It is not clear whether a Dutch court can order the arrest of a foreign head of state. Also unclear is whether the Hague court will hand down a ruling today.

New date Attempts were made at the highest diplomatic and official levels to prevent the two events from coinciding by either moving the summary proceedings forward or have the state visit start a few hours later. When this proved impossible, the Indonesian government decided to cancel the entire visit and reschedule for a later date.

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