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Friday, May 22, 1998 Published at 11:48 GMT 12:48 UK


Indonesian radio reports Muslim leader's speech




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Indonesian Muslim leader Amien Rais told thousands of students gathered at the parliament to strive for peaceful and constitutional reforms. The following is the text of report by Indonesian radio on 20th May.

Thousands of university students are crowding into the building of the Council of People's Representatives (DPR).

They are holding free speeches around the building in an orderly manner. They are calling for reforms to be accelerated.

Several pro-reform leaders such as Amien Rais, Emil Salim (a former senior minister) and Adnan Buyung Nasution (a prominent lawyer) had a meeting with DPR members today.

After meeting the DPR members, Amien and several other pro-reform leaders told the thousands of university students that the DPR members have agreed to implement the succession immediately.

Amien urged all university students and citizens to strive for reforms through peaceful and constitutional means to avoid disunity which could degenerate into bloodshed.

Meanwhile, Chris Panggabean, a student of the Department of Arts of the University of Indonesia, told RRI (Radio Republik Indonesia) that the University of Indonesian Students Council indeed had no plans to stage a demonstration around the National Monument.

Mr Panggabean: "I do not know about other universities. The students of University of Indonesia have no plans to move out of this building. All university students have been diverted to the DPR-MPR (People's Consultative Assembly) building. We hope there will be no sporadic activities."

BBC Monitoring (http://www.monitor.bbc.co.uk), based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.



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