The following article was lifted from today's Post Courier. I wonder whether Peter Oniell will rise the touchy subject of papuan democracy in West Papua and human rights ) with El Presidento Bambang ! I doubt it. Like all other Prime Ministers, Peter will go along to Bali and not even mention that Wset Papua exists. So much for a conference on democracy !
Indonesia invites PM to attend forum
By KOLOPU WAIMA
The President of Indonesia has invited PNG Prime Minister Peter ONeill to attend the Bali Democratic Forum later this year.
Mr ONeill met with the special envoy sent by the President of Indonesia Iwan Wiranata-Atmadja at Mourata Haus last Thursday.
The invitation is for Mr ONeill to attend the annual forum to participate as Papua New Guinea has recently shown that it has a vibrant democratic process in place.
Dr Wiranata-Atmadja emphasized in a statement that the Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono fully recognizes PNG as a shining example of democracy.
For that reason, the Indonesian President invites you to participate in the forum, Dr Wiranata-Atmadja said.
In a letter to Mr ONeill, the Indonesian President expressed his sincere appreciation for PNGs support towards the forum and this governments active participation since its launching in December 2008.
This years theme will be Enhancing Democratic Participation in a changing World Responding to Democratic Voices and will discuss democracy as a process of governance that requires the broad participation of citizenry in decision making.
Prime Minister Peter ONeill after accepting the invitation said he also looks forward to having fruitful discussions to further strengthen both countries relations. I am pleased to accept the invitation of the President of the Republic of Indonesian to visit Indonesia in coming months to contribute to the Bali Development Forum, Mr ONeill said.
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