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Wednesday, 4 February, 1998, 16:13 GMT
World Bank expresses fears for Indonesian food supplies

The World Bank President, James Wolfensohn says he is concerned about supplies of staple foods and medicines in Indonesia because of the economic crisis there.

Speaking in Jakarta after talks with President Suharto, Mr Wolfensohn said four-hundred-million dollars worth of funds already set aside for Indonesia would be used to ensure food security.

Troops have been patrolling towns and cities throughout the country following riots over the past week prompted by anger at rising prices.

Correspondents say that in response to the tension, the government has promised that supplies of basic goods will be kept at reasonable prices.

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