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Indonesia looks into alleged sale of islands

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Indonesian government held an inter-departmental meeting in Padang, West Sumatra Thursday to discuss the alleged sale of three islands off the province’s west coast to a foreign party, state news agency Antara reported.

Home Affairs Minister Mardiiyanto said the ministry would decide whether or not a special investigation in the field was necessary after reciving the report from the meeting.

He noted that there was an offer appearing on an internet website regarding the islands of Makaroni, Siloinak, and Kandui, which, according to Mentawai Islands district chief and the West Sumatra governor, was meant to attract investors, not buyers. 

"But let us wait for a more detailed report. We need to know what is required when it is an investment and when it is a sale. We need to check these aspects. But it should be clear there can be no sale of any island to a foreign party because all islands in Indonesia belong to the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia," the minister said.

The three islands are part of the Mentawai Islands group off West Sumatra’s coast.


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