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Saturday, 28 March, 1998, 10:55 GMT
Malaysia deports more illegal Indonesian immigrants

Malaysia is deporting thousands of illegal immigrants back to Indonesia after clashes at detention camps this week in which nine people died.

The first group of about five hundred immigrants has arrived in Indonesia.

Malaysian officials say they plan to expel all nine thousand illegal immigrants in the detention camps.

They want to make way for more people rounded up in continuing security operations.

The Indonesian Vice-President, Jusuf Habibie, -- who's visiting Malaysia -- says Indonesia and Malaysia are cooperating and he's sure the issue can be resolved amicably.

Malaysia says the immigrants are fleeing poor economic conditions in Indonesia.

But Mr Habibie says illegal immigrants have contributed to Malaysia's economic development.

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