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Jakarta Post

House rejects new Myanmar ambassador

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 8 2008   /  01:27 am

The House of Representatives has rejected a new envoy to Indonesia from military junta-ruled Myanmar, while civil society groups are skeptical of a constitutional referendum planned there. The decision was made Thursday at a consultation meeting of House leaders led by speaker Agung Laksono. Agung was quoted by Antara as saying the House recommended the government postpone accepting I Nyan Lin as Myanmar's new ambassador to Indonesia until democracy was established in the country. The Indonesian government should accept the new envoy only after the junta manages to ensure democratic elections and reconcile with pro-democracy groups, particularly the one led by detained Aung San Suu Kyi, Agung said. The meeting discussed President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's request for the House's opinions on three new foreign ambassadors: Ibrahim Baba from Nigeria, Hamdi Oul...