Trees Cleared for Bush in Bogor Botanic Garden
17 November 2006
Helipads are being built at Bogor Botanic Garden as part of preparations for a visit from President Bush, adding to anger at his planned trip.
President George W. Bush is tentaively expected to visit Bogor, West Java, Indonesia, on Nov. 20, although the exact date and time have not been officially confirmed for security reasons.
The president is anticipated to arrive in Bogor, a mountainous city 40 miles from the capital, Jakarta, by helicopter and then will be transported to Bogor Presidential Palace, which lies within the Garden, for talks with his Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. He is reciprocating a visit by Yuodhoyono to the White House last year.
The head of the 87-hectare garden, built in 1817, is reported to have initially rejected plans to allow Bush to land there, over concern that wind generated by the helicopter would damage plants in the gardens.
Several groups have latched on to the destruction at the garden as fuel for resentment against the visit. The main Indonesian opposition party said in a statement that allowing Bush to land in the park was "neglecting the country's environmental heritage at the expense of political considerations."
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