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Indonesia denounces politicking of Myanmar's cyclone disaster
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19:19, May 08, 2008

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Indonesia has criticized efforts to politicize the Myanmar government's handling of the devastating cyclone disaster, according to local media on Thursday.

Indonesia has opposed a move by several members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to discuss post-disaster issues in Myanmar, especially concerning alleged difficulties faced by the international community to deliver assistance for the cyclone victims, the national Antara news agency reported.

The Wednesday's meeting has failed to raise the issue.

"We opposed the suggestion. The UNSC is not the appropriate forum to discuss the disaster issue," Indonesian Representative to the UNSC Marty Natalegawa was quoted as saying.

Based on Indonesia's past experiences in dealing with disasters, especially the 2004 deadly tsunami, Natalegawa said that most probably the aid delivery efforts were hampered by conditions in the field.

"It's quite possible that the obstacles hampering the relief assistance delivery are not caused by political things, but by the complexity of conditions in the field," he said.

Source: Xinhua

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