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Jakarta Post

U.S. insists on immunity for all Namru-2 laboratory staff

  • Abdul Khalik

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 25 2008   /  12:27 am

The United States has insisted on diplomatic status for all 19 Americans at its Namru-2 research lab in Jakarta, while also maintaining the lab is committed to transparency. Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy John A. Heffern said American researchers at the Naval Medical Research Unit No. 2 (Namru-2) had some level of diplomatic immunity as part of the embassy community. "It is our hope in negotiations that an MOU would allow Americans at Namru to have (diplomatic) status," he told a news conference here Thursday. Indonesia said Wednesday it decided to grant diplomatic immunity to only two American officials at Namru-2 and demanded the laboratory ensure transparency in its operations. Indonesia and the United States are now negotiating a new MOU to extend the operation of Namru-2 after the previous agreement expired in 2005. Heffern, who...