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Wednesday, 20 February, 2002, 14:46 GMT
Indonesia rejects fears of Islamic militancy
IIndonesia has rejected international criticism that it is failing to act against Islamic militants.

On a trip to Malaysia, the foreign minister Hassan Wirayuda said Indonesians were laughing at what they saw as overblown concerns regarding Islamic radicalism in the country.

He added Indonesia did not feel threatened by its small radical groups because they had little public support.

Mr Hassan also said Indonesian police lacked sufficient evidence to act against any suspects.

He was speaking in response to comments from Singapore's senior minister Lee Kwan-yew, who said the city-state was still at risk because leaders of regional extremist cells were at large in Indonesia.

During Mr Hassan's trip, Malaysia and Indonesia signed an agreement to cooperate against terrorism.

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