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|13 August 2009
Let Suu Kyi contest election, Indonesia tells Myanmar
Myanmar’s election next year would be considered “democratic, inclusive and credible” only if opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) took part, Indonesiam President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Wednesday.
“As part of Myanmar’s promise of road to democracy, I say Aung San Suu Kyi and her NLD should be part of an election process [next year],” the Jakarta Post quoted Yudhoyono as telling reporters at the State Palace.
Yudhoyono was responding to Myanmar’s decision to extend the house arrest of Nobel laureate Suu Kyi.
“Asean members have signed and ratified a new Asean charter. It is very clear that [the charter stipulates that] Asean people respect the values and practices of democracy. … We ask Myanmar, along with other Asean members, to respect the Asean charter, which profoundly focuses on values of democracy," said Yudhoyono.
He said he was asking Asean chair and Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to arrange a foreign ministerial meeting to discuss the issue.
On Tuesday, a Myanmar court found Suu Kyi guilty and sentenced her to another 18 months of house arrest for allowing a United States citizen to live in her house. The 64-year-old Nobel laureate had already spent 14 of the past 20 years under house arrest.
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