Cohen In Indonesia
NPR's Mike Shuster reports that demonstrators burned the US and UN flags in Jakarta today in response to remarks by the visiting US Defense Secretary William Cohen. He told the Indonesian government it must disband paramilitary groups in West Timor or risk international economic assistance. Indonesia, which has not recovered from the Asian economic crisis, is still dependent on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. But analysts warn that withdrawing financial support could jeopardize Indonesia's transition to democracy and possibly bring down the current elected government.
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