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Indonesia's Bali beefs up security ahead of Obama's visit

2010-06-02 08:53:41 GMT2010-06-02 16:53:41 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

JAKARTA, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia has deployed thousands of troops to assure the security in Bali where U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to spend some of his time during his upcoming Indonesia's visit scheduled to commence on June 14, an Indonesian regional military commander said on Wednesday.

Udayana Military Command Commander Brig. Gen. Rachmat Budiyanto said that the operation to safeguard Obama's visit to Bali in the next two weeks had already begun by deploying 4,480 military personnel and police.

Budiyanto who oversees the security in Bali, West and East Nusa Tenggara provinces said that the security operation must be enforced 20 days prior to Obama's arrival in Bali.

Obama was initially scheduled to visit Indonesia in March but postponed it due to internal affairs.

"We have been clearing areas in Bali and taking preventive action to secure the island from any possible security problems including terrorist acts," the general was quoted by the Jakarta Post online as saying during the 53rd anniversary of the Udayana military command.

To ensure the security during Obama's visit in Bali, Budiyanto asserted that he will procure various equipment and supporting facilities such as transportation and communication equipment from the army headquarters in Jakarta and from Australia.

"Terrorist threats are still our first priority,"said Budiyanto, adding that Bali must not ignore these threats since the island has been a terrorists' target for terrorism because of its international reputation as a popular tourist destination.

Bali saw string of bombings detonated by notorious terrorist group in 2002 and 2005 that killed hundreds of foreigners and domestic people.

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