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March 7, 2008

Indonesia’s lawmakers block nomination of envoy

Indonesia's House of Representatives on Thursday objected to Myanmar's nomination of a new ambassador to Indonesia, citing concerns about the country's commitment to democracy, reported Japanese news agency Kyodo.

The House of Representatives objected to the Myanmar government's nomination of Nyan Lynn to be its new ambassador to Indonesia "after considering that Myanmar has shown no signs of any intention to return to democracy," House Speaker Agung Laksono said.

"Even it does not respond to statements made by Indonesia and Asean urging it to realize reconciliation with opposition groups, including Aung San Suu Kyi, and to stop human rights violations such as the detention of Buddhist monks," Laksono said.

He said the House demanded the Indonesian government "delay a placement of a new ambassador of Myanmar in Indonesia until after Myanmar's elections."

Myanmar's military rulers made a surprise announcement last month that they intend to hold a constitutional referendum in May this year and multiparty elections in 2010.

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