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Updated at 3:47 p.m., Monday, June 11, 2007

Jakarta tsunami warning center on tap for tomorrow

By Mary Vorsino
Advertiser Staff Writer

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The governor will meet with Indonesian Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla tomorrow morning, the third of a series of meetings with high-level Indonesian leaders to discuss a state military partnership with the country.

Today in Indonesia, Gov. Linda Lingle sat down with the Minister of Defense and a member of the Indonesian Parliament to talk about the new agreement between the Hawaii National Guard and the Indonesian military, which has about 350,000 members.

Lingle's office said yesterday she has also requested time with the governor of Banda Aceh, where thousands of Indonesians died in the 2004 tsunami, but has not yet heard a confirmation because he is out of town until tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Lingle also plans to tour the tsunami warning center in Jakarta tomorrow, which Hawai'i tsunami officials helped transform into a state-of-the-art facility. Other members of her delegation are spreading into other parts of the city — Dr. Chiyome Fukino, state health director, is visiting the Indonesian ministry of health to discuss avian flu with officials, while Maj. Gen. Robert Lee, state adjutant general and head of state Civil Defense, will spend the day talking to young Indonesian military recruits.

Advertiser staff writer Mary Vorsino is accompanying Gov. Linda Lingle on her visit to Indonesia for meetings with tsunami experts and government officials on emergency preparedness. Look for her news posts and leave comments on her blog at www.honoluluadvertiser.com, and see her full reports in The Advertiser.