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SUBJECT: SENIOR INDONESIAN DIPLOMAT ADDRESSES RANGE OF
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2. (SBU) SUMMARY: Charge met with Foreign Department
Director General Imron Cotan on May 30 to discuss a wide
range of common issues. Charge requested improved visa
treatment for NAMRU personnel during negotiation of MOU,
queried Indonesian acceptance of an upcoming report of
Indonesia-East Timor Truth and Friendship Commission (CTF),
and raised concerns about changed visa treatment of NGOs.
The possibility emerged during the discussion of compromise
for the NAMRU MOU regarding diplomatic protection of
personnel.

3. SUMMARY (Con'd): Cotan pleaded for U.S. training of Army
Special Forces (Kopassus), expressed concerns about
difficulties experienced by Indonesians with common Muslim
names in getting visas to travel to U.S. (and potential
negative impact of press exposure of the issue), and
requested Consular and Interrogation access for Indonesian
Guantanamo prisoner Hambali. END SUMMARY.

PROGRESS ON NAMRU VISAS

4. (SBU) On May 30, Charge met with Department of Foreign
Affairs (Deplu) Director General Cotan. Charge requested the
meeting in order to raise issues related to NAMRU personnel.
On May 28, Embassy became aware that Deplu was starting to
restrict certain NAMRU personnel to visa extensions of two
months' duration. Charge asked that NAMRU personnel again
receive normal visa renewals of 12 months, noting the
good-faith MOU negotiations currently underway. Cotan said
that Deplu would review the matter and likely come up with a
6-month "extendable" visa pending the MOU negotiations.

5. (SBU) Charge raised the point that we understand that some
NGOs recently experienced changes in the types of visas
approved for them and asked why. In discussing NAMRU and NGO
visa issues, Cotan made clear that his government prefers
that diplomatic passport holders receive diplomatic visas and
that service/official passport holders receive A&T visa
status, while recognizing that it is the right of the sending
state to determine the type of passport to issue. He implied
that the GOI will offer to extend diplomatic status to the
two top officials at NAMRU and A&T status to the balance of
the NAMRU U.S. staff, but that it would be "helpful" if the
NAMRU staff have service passports rather than diplomatic
passports. (NOTE: This represents a major step forward,
since recent comments by Indonesian officials have
consistently indicated that in all likelihood no diplomatic
privileges or immunities would be extended to the NAMRU
staff, other than the director and deputy.) Cotan also
indicated an internal Indonesian regulation prohibits the
practice of issuing privileges and immunities to ordinary
passport holders, noting that such previous practice had been
in error.

EAST TIMOR REPORT

6. (SBU) Cotan advised that the upcoming report of the CTF
report would almost certainly be controversial. He hoped
that the recommendations would be acceptable to both sides,
and stressed that Indonesia and Timor Leste are working very
closely on a number of issues, and that Indonesia supplied
aircraft for the Timorese prime minister to attend Soeharto's
funeral.

7. (SBU) Cotan stressed President Yudoyono's hope that the
U.S. military will engage in training Indonesian military
elements, including Kopassus. Cotan expressed the

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President's views that it would be a setback for our military
relationship if training does not occur, urging that the U.S.
"engage, don't isolate." Kopassus needs human rights
training offered by the U.S. and other international
partners. He also said Indonesia intends to establish a
National Defense University, mixing all the armed services.

8. (SBU) Cotan noted that he is increasingly hearing of
difficulties for Indonesians with common Muslim names
obtaining visas for travel to the U.S. In response to
Embassy urging that Indonesians seek visas well in advance of
travel, he opined that this issue has the potential for
substantial anti-U.S. sentiment due to focus by the local
media.

9. (SBU) Finally, Cotan referred to the Indonesian desire for
both Consular and Interrogation access to Indonesian
Guantanamo prisoner Hambali. According to Cotan, Indonesian
authorities need access to him in order to both provide
consular services, and to obtain information that could be
used in Indonesian courts against others.
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