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Press Release on MPU Delegation's Official Visit to Indonesia

Sunday, August 17 2008, 02:51 PM EDT
A delegation of four elected representatives representing the Members of Parliament Union (MPU) and the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB), led by Khun Teddy Buri, Chairman of the MPU, made an official visit to Indonesia to attend the plenary session of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia (DPR-RI) held on 15 August to mark the 63rd anniversary of the Independence Day of Indonesia. The delegation made the visit at the official invitation by H.E HR Agung Laksono, the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia (DPR-RI).

Press Release on MPU delegation’s official visit to Indonesia

A delegation of four elected representatives representing the Members of Parliament Union (MPU) and the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB), led by Khun Teddy Buri, Chairman of the MPU, made an official visit to Indonesia to attend the plenary session of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia (DPR-RI) held on 15 August to mark the 63rd anniversary of the Independence Day of Indonesia. The delegation made the visit at the official invitation by H.E HR Agung Laksono, the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia (DPR-RI).

The delegation made a courtesy call on the Speaker of DPR-RI, H.E. H.R. Agung Laksono at the Parliament House which was also attended by the Hon. Abdillah Toha, Chair of the Committee for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation and members of Committee on Defence, Foreign Affairs and Communication. Khun Teddy Buri, the delegation head, expressed the highest gratitude to the Speaker and the House for the invitation and the strong support by them for the Burmese parliamentarians and the democratization in Burma. Highlighting the miserable and stagnant situation in Burma, he also requested continued political support and assistance from the Speaker, Members of the House, The Government and the people of Indonesia. Khun Teddy Buri said “There is no apparent positive progress in Burma. The military regime accelerates unlawful arrests of political and social activists, repression on the ordinary people and military operations in ethnic minority areas. There are more than 1900 political prisoners in Burma including 21 MPs-elect. As parliamentarians, we call on our colleagues in ASEAN to support the Burmese people as they struggle for the freedom to have a normal life.”

Underlining the fact that Indonesia is the third largest democracy in the world and the biggest democratic country in the ASEAN, the Speaker stated that it is the duty and responsibility of Indonesia to welcome, support and encourage democratization in Burma and reaffirmed their continued political support.

The delegation was hosted dinner by the Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Committee and the AIPMC (ASEAN Inter Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus). The dinner was also attended by Hon. Abdullah Toha, Hon. Djoko Susilo and members of the Committee and high officials from the DPR-RI.

In the trip, the MPU delegation met some local NGOs and the media including Tempo, the Jakarta Post, Metro TV and the BBC.

MPU expresses high gratitude to DPR-RI, AIPMC and the NDI and its personnel for their contribution to the success of the visit.

Following the visit to Indonesia, several members of MPU will be proceeding to Singapore to meet with Speakers of ASEAN Parliaments attending the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) to seek inclusion of MPU in AIPA.

The Members of Parliament Union (MPU) is formed by the Burmese parliamentarians in exile. They are part of the people’s representatives elected in the 1990 elections in Burma. The National League for Democracy led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other democratic and ethnic political parties won a land-slide victory in that election. The military junta however refused to honour the election results.

August 16, 2008
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