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Jakarta Post

New health minister to keep Namru-2 closed

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, October 24 2009   /  11:38 am

Newly inaugurated Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih said Friday she would follow in the steps of her predecessor by maintaining a suspension of the US Navy's Naval Medical Research Unit (Namru-2) laboratory in Jakarta. Speaking after the first Cabinet meeting of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's second term in office, Endang said the Health Ministry's cooperation with the United States would only con-tinue under a civilian biomedical research lab called the Indonesia-United States Center for Medical Research (IUC). "We had to close *Namru-2* because it was a military unit," said the Harvard-educated minister. "But Indonesia's cooperation with the US will still go on and covers a wide range of areas, including in the operation of the bio-medical lab. "The details of the cooperation will be set out later, but the point is it will be aimed at advancing our te...