- The Washington Times - Monday, February 4, 2002

Indonesia must act
The U.S. ambassador to Singapore is upset by Indonesia's failure to track down suspected terrorists who fled there after attempting to attack the American Embassy in Singapore.
Ambassador Frank Lavin said the United States expects the Indonesian government "to take action" against the suspected planners of the failed bombing plot last month in the tiny city-state across the Strait of Malacca from the world's largest Muslim nation.
"It is very disturbing to read the news reports that these planners are now in Indonesia, and we do expect the Indonesian government to take action," Mr. Lavin told the United Nations Association of Singapore over the weekend.
"We saw a substantial number of arrests in Singapore. We saw equally aggressive moves in Malaysia. We have not seen that kind of response yet in Indonesia, and it is a matter of concern," he added.
Singapore detained 13 suspects identified as members of the terrorist Jemaah Islamiyah group, which has been linked to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda terrorist network. Malaysia also arrested several suspected members of the group.
Mr. Lavin called for increased border patrols in all the countries in the region.
"The easy, rapid and frequent movements of terrorists within the region again tells us that a better job needs to be done with border controls," he said.
"Some of this is police work, and some of this is re-examining visa requirements."

Diplomatic traffic
Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
Today
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, who meets President Bush.
Gen. Javier Carrion McDonough, commander of the Nicaraguan armed forces.
Ambassador Ibrahim Gambari, undersecretary-general and special advisor to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who addresses civilian and military leaders from 48 African countries participating in a conference sponsored by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies.
Italian Justice Minister Roberto Castelli, who meets administration officials.
Tomorrow
Amr Moussa, secretary-general of the League of Arab States and former minister of foreign affairs of Egypt, who will hold a 10 a.m. news conference at the National Press Club to discuss the crisis in the Middle East.
Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga, who will meet congressional leaders and will open an exhibition of the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building.
A delegation of Saudi leaders, including Prince Abdullah Bin Faisal Bin Turki of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority and Prince Faisal Bin Salman of King Saud University, who will discuss Saudi political and economic affairs with guests of Middle East Insight magazine.
cA delegation of journalists from Belarus, including Andrei Bastunets, vice president of the Belarussian Association of Journalists, who will discuss repression of the media with guests of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
Wednesday
Romanian President Ion Illiescu and Foreign Minister Mircea Dan Geoana, who will attend the National Prayer Breakfast. They also will make the case for the southern expansion of NATO in meetings with think tanks and Washington officials.
Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica, who will address the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on the future of the Balkans.
David Trimble, first minister of Northern Ireland, and Mark Durkan, deputy first minister, who will hold an 8 a.m. news conference at the National Press Club to discuss the peace process in Northern Ireland.
Thursday
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who will meet President Bush to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, leader of Mexico's ruling National Action Party.
Androula Vassiliou, a member of the Cypriot parliament and former first lady of Cyprus, who will discuss the future of Cyprus with guests of the Hellenic American Women's Council.


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