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Jakarta Post

SBY urged to ask Myanmar to speed up democratization

  • Lilian Budianto and Abdul Khalik

    The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA   /   Mon, March 16 2009   /  11:19 am

The visit by Myanmar Prime Minister Gen. Thein Sein could see Indonesia ask the junta to speed up democratization and human rights respect.
University of Indonesia international relations expert Bantarto Bandoro said Sunday that the visit by Thein Sein showed how close Myanmar saw its relations with Indonesia.
“Myanmar considers Indonesia its best friend. As a friend, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono can directly ask Myanmar to quicken its democratic process and respect human rights principles, including appealing for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners, without causing hard feelings to Thein Sein,” he said. Yudhoyono must tell Thein Sein that it was in Myanmar’s best interests to follow international norms of respecting human rights, Bantarto added.
Thein Sein will pay an official visit to Indonesia from March 16-...