Japan, Timor Leste PMs to attend Bali meeting
INDONESIA: Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and Timor Leste Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao will attend the second Bali Democracy Forum that will be held from Dec. 10-11 on the resort island, the Foreign Ministry said Friday.
"They have confirmed their attendance;" ministry spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah told journalists at a weekly press briefing, adding that Hatoyama's participation "shows that Japan is concerned with the efforts to promote democracy in the region".
Japan will co-chair the sessions, Faizasyah said.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will not attend the conference and will be represented by the country's home affairs minister, Brendan O'Connor. New Zealand will delegate its immigration minister, Jonathan Coleman.
Faizasyah said 29 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Syiria and Tajikistan, will be participating in a meeting aimed at finding a perfect model for democracy in Asian countries.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to open the conference. - JP
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