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Jakarta Post

Indonesia suspends Namru negotiations

  • Abdul Khalik

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 28 2008   /  11:54 am

The government has decided to suspend negotiations with the United States over the future of its controversial Naval Medical Research Unit 2 (Namru-2) laboratory, as calls for the its closure mount. Cabinet ministers and legislators are divided over whether to allow the lab, active since 1970, to continue operating in Indonesia. Eddy Pratomo, the Foreign Ministry's director general for legal affairs and international treaties and the chief Indonesian negotiator in the talks, said Friday the country needed a unified stand on the issue before it could resume talks with the U.S. "We have decided to suspend all talks on the lab until after we have made a unified national decision by all related ministries," Eddy told The Jakarta Post. Indonesia and the U.S. were scheduled to hold a new round of negotiations next month on Namru-2's future. In a hearin...