Australia, East Timor, RI FMs to meet in New York

The Jakarta Post ,  Jakarta   |  Mon, 09/21/2009 8:00 PM  |  World

Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith will have a meeting with his counterpart Hassan Wirajuda of Indonesia and  Zacarias da Costa of East Timor in New York, US, this week, Antara news agency has reported.

In his press statement released in Brisbane on Monday, Smith  said that several regional issues would be discussed int the trilateral meeting, held on the sidelines of 63rd UN General Assembly.

Smith, however, did not give further details on the issues to be discussed.

Earlier this month, Australia played down Thursday the possibility that ties between the two neighbors would be strained by the Australian Police's re-investigation of the deaths of five journalists in East Timor in 1975.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that the new investigation should not continue and that Australia should focus on its future relationship with Indonesia. Jakarta has refused to cooperate with Australia in the re-investigation.


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