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Indonesia lauds US policy shift on Myanmar

  • Ary Hermawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 28 2009   /  01:36 pm

Hopeful faces: Khin Aye, a member of the detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy Party, dances during the party’s 21st founding anniversary celebration at the party’s headquarters, on Sunday. AP/Khin Maung WinIndonesia has hailed the United States' decision to engage the reclusive Myanmar junta, urging the latter to respond positively to the appeasing gesture from Washington. Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda called on Yangon to respond to the shift in US policy by taking positive action such as reducing the jail term of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said in a text message sent to The Jakarta Post from the US. Both Hassan and Faizasyah are in the US for the UN General Assembly, along with Myanmar Foreign Minister Maj. Gen. Nyan Win, who was granted entry to New York amid strained relations betw...