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Indonesian president to discuss ’lies’ issue

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ’serious’ about religious leaders’ complaint

Daniel Sparringa speaks to reporters Daniel Sparringa speaks to reporters
  • Konradus Epa, Jakarta
  • Indonesia
  • January 17, 2011
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President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to with religious leaders in Indonesia to respond to their recent call telling him to stop lying.

“We are ready if the government wants to meet us to discuss our statement on lies,” Father Antonius Benny Susetyo, board member of the Workers of the Religious Leaders’ Movement Against Lies told ucanews.com.

Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim and Protestant leaders in their statement issued last week said the government’s failure to keep its word in dealing with poverty, education and violence against the press and mass media organizations.

Father Susetyo, executive secretary of the Indonesian bishops’ Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, said they issued the statement to encourage the president and his government to make some changes.

I hope the dialogue “will be constructive and qualified and able to resolve problems,” he said.

Regarding the meeting, Daniel Sparringa, special staff to president for politics and communication desk, said on Jan. 14 at a meeting in the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (PGI) in Jakarta that “Both parties have had communication by phone. They will meet soon.”

According to Sparringa, President Yudhoyono has taken the religious leaders’ statement seriously.

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