4 Mar 2006

Indonesia says no police reinforcements for Papua mine

12:45 pm on 4 March 2006

Indonesia says it won't send any more police reinforcements to the province of Papua following four days of protest at the Freeport gold mine last week.

The Antara state news agency reports the national police chief, General Sutanto, as saying his officers would neither withdraw from Papua nor should they expect reinforcements.

Freeport's activities has caused controversy in Indonesia because of problems ranging from their impact on the environment, to the legality of the fees for Indonesian troops guarding the mine site.