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INDONESIA:

Minister of State for Environment Sarwono Kusumaatmadja stressed that the CSD should employ a comprehensive and integrated approach, particularly on the issue of forests, which should not be politicized or used as an instrument for conditionality. Intergovernmental consultations should be considered to strengthen the forest principles. He shared the view of other ministers that the preparation for the CSD should take place well in advance of the meetings. He supported the idea of small ad hoc working groups of experts and eminent persons to identify relevant issues and draw out plans of action. Indonesia has proposed that a quasi-autonomous NGO be established to mediate environmental disputes.