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President assigns Kalla as special envoy for Rohingya issue

16th August 2012 | 2.374 Views
President assigns Kalla as special envoy for Rohingya issue
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and former vice president M Jusuf Kalla (FOTO ANTARA/Widodo S. Jusuf)
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono hopes former vice president M Jusuf Kalla to act as an Indonesian special envoy for Rohingya issue to help find solutions to the Myanmar ethnic minority problem.

"I hope Pak Jusuf Kalla with his extraordinary experiences will become our special envoy to prevent misunderstanding with Myanmar about Indonesia`s concern of and solidarity toward the Rohingya humanitarian issue. We want to help our brothers, the Rohingya ethnic community," Yudhoyono said after receiving Jusuf Kalla at his presidential office here Thursday.

The president said he had communicated with Kalla before the former vice president visited Myanmar recently. He had conveyed several ideas to Kalla to be passed on to the Myanmar government.

According to the president, the Myanmar government has allowed Indonesia to participate in helping solve the Rohingya problem, particularly regarding the victims and refugees.

"Pak Jusuf Kalla and I had managed problems in Ambon and Poso. The condition or the situation more or less was similar. Therefore, it`s good if Indonesia can play a constructive role," he noted.

He said Indonesia could help build houses and provide food for the Rohingya refugees.

Yudhoyono hoped that Kalla could coordinate a number of Indonesia`s endeavors in his planned meeting with Myanmar prominent figures in the near future. (*)