After an exhausting day flying from Miri via KL to Jakarta, we had to endure two delayed flights, a long walk in the new KLIA2 terminal to get to our Jakarta flight and arriving to late to meet with Graham Hancock and Danny Hillman before they boarded their flight to Palu. Bob Effendi met us at the airport and in the 2 hour drive to our hotel we were able to bond with Bob our new and very capable ally here in Jakarta. With Bob on our side we are hoping to advance our agenda here in Indonesia.
The meeting that Bob set up with the Vice-minister of culture went better than we could have hoped. Everyone was on the same page and with the support from the Indonesian government we can expect to begin surveys of the Java Sea some time in the near future. A symposium on how to proceed is being set up for next month with all the relevant players to discuss what needs to be done and who is responsible for what. Now all that remains is for us to bring the Australian government to the party in the spirit of international cooperation.
Roze Berekoven, UPA and researcher for MME,
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