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President to spend Thursday night in Sinabung evacuee camp

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President to spend Thursday night in Sinabung evacuee camp
Photo document of lava flows from the summit of Mount Sinabung Perteguhen look of the village, Karo, North Sumatra. (ANTARA/Irsan Mulyadi)
Medan, North Sumatra (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will spend Thursday night in an evacuee camp with victims of the Mount Sinabung eruptions in North Sumatras Karo district.

"The President who will be accompanied by (First Lady) Ani Yudhoyono and entourage is scheduled to arrive at the Soewondo military base in Medan at 9 a.m. local time. He will head straight to Karo district to for dialogs with evacuees," stated head of the North Sumatra communication and information office Jumsadi Damanik here on Wednesday.

Yudhoyono and his entourage will be greeted by the head of Karo district natural disaster mitigation board and other local officials at the main command post, he explained.

After holding a dialog with evacuees, the President will have lunch in a tent for about one hour. At around 1 p.m. local time, he will continue the dialog in the tent.

The head of state will return to Medan on Friday at 8 a.m. In the North Sumatra provincial capital, he will stay at JW Marriot Hotel where he is expected to perform Friday prayers.

On Friday evening, the President will inspect Kualanamu Airport where he is expected to plant a tree.

The President and his entourage will return to Jakarta on Saturday morning.

Earlier, on Tuesday, Coordinating Minister for Peoples Welfare Agung Laksono denied that President Yudhoyono had paid no attention to victims of the ongoing Mount Sinabung eruptions.

"It is not true the President pays no attention. As a matter of fact, he keeps abreast of natural disasters in Indonesia, including Mount Sinabung eruptions," Agung stated.

When Mount Sinabung erupted for the first time in 400 years in 2010, President Yudhoyono visited the victims of the volcanos eruptions, he pointed out.

"Long before the Mount Sinabung disaster became a big issue, I had accompanied the President when he visited in 2010," he added.

(Reporting by Evalisa Siregar/S012/KR-BSR/F001)