JAKARTA, March 2, Reuter: Indonesia and India discussed possible solutions to the protracted conflict in Kampuchea today, ahead of a visit to Jakarta later this week by Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze.

Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Mochtar Kusumaatmadja had what was described as “useful talks” on Kampuchea with India’s Minister of State for External Relations Natwarn according to a joint statement issued after their meeting.

India and Indonesia are leading members of the 101member nonaligned movement and have good contacts with Hanoi.

Both Ministers refused to comment further on the written statement, which said “both sides found the meeting useful and agreed to keep in touch”.

Indian diplomats declined comment on suggestions that there was a coordinated Indian Soviet initiative on Kampuchea in the offering.

Vietnam invaded in late 1978 to oust the pro Peking Khmer rouge government which was widely accused of massacring hundreds of thousands of people.

Shevardnadze will pay a three-day visit to Jakarta beginning on Thursday in the longest leg of his tour of southeast Asia and Australia that started today in Bangkok.

Article extracted from this publication >>  March 6, 1987