Abbas cancels planned visit to Indonesia

Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas canceled a planned visit to Indonesia just hours after the trip was announced, a foreign ministry spokesman said Friday. Abbas, who was to have arrived June 23 to discuss the Middle East peace process with his territory's longtime ally, apparently decided it wasn't a good time to be away. "The visit was canceled because of (the Palestinian) domestic situation," ministry spokesman Desra Percaya said. Abbas also had intended to discuss plans to hold a national referendum on establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel and brief his Indonesian counterpart, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, on broader peace initiatives, Percaya said.