Indonesia's president 'postpones' meeting with East Timor leader

Indonesia's president has postponed a meeting scheduled for Friday with his East Timorese counterpart, his spokesman said. Dino Pati Djalal denied the decision was linked to a report presented to the United Nations last week detailing Indonesian atrocities committed in East Timor from 1975-99.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is too preoccupied with domestic affairs to meet with East Timor's Xanana Gusmao, Djalal said. "The meeting has been postponed," he said, adding no new date has been set. The Reception, Truth and Reconciliation Commission report says at least 102,800 people were killed, disappeared, starved or died of illnesses under Indonesia's 24-year rule of East Timor.

The internationally funded report, which has yet to be made public, was compiled over a two-year period and was based on thousands of interviews. East Timorese officials were not immediately available to comment on Indonesia's decision to put off the presidential meeting, reports the AP. I.L.

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