Yudhoyono attacks Egypt's use of force on civilians
PRESIDENT Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has issued his strongest remarks yet on the situation in Egypt, saying the recent use of military force against civilians went against democratic and humanitarian values.
Addressing a joint session of Indonesia's Parliament in his annual state of the nation address on Friday morning, Dr Yudhoyono called on opposing sides in Egypt's ongoing political turmoil to exercise self-restraint and begin a process of national reconciliation.
He noted that Indonesia ought to be thankful that its transition to democracy has been relatively peaceful in comparison with the current uncertainty in the Middle East and North Africa.
"The journey is still long," he said, noting that more had to be done to improve the well-being of ordinary Indonesians.