3 Feb 2003

US says NY Times report on Papua killings wrong

5:18 pm on 3 February 2003

The US government says last week's report in the New York Times about a fatal ambush near the Freeport mine in Indonesia's Papua province is wrong.

The paper said US officials had concluded that Indonesian soldiers were involved in last August's ambush that killed two American teachers and an Indonesian.

The New York Times said after an investigation by the FBI, a Bush administration official concluded that there was no question there was military involvement or that it was premeditated.

But a statement issued by the US embassy in Jakarta says the US government has not come to any conclusions on the case.

It says the Indonesian government has been responsive to the US interest in the case,.

Meanwhile, a team of FBI investigators has flown to Timika.

But the Antara news agency says it is not known if the US officers planned to visit the scene of the killings.