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‘Gap’ seen in Asian politics

NUSA DUA | Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono warned Thursday that uneven political development poses a threat to Asian security, as he opened the third annual Bali Democracy Forum.

He said regional cooperation had focused almost exclusively on economic development but there is an “urgent need to overcome the ‘political development’ gap” as well.

“If we don’t handle this carefully, this political development gap could cause trouble for development, create political instability and become a security threat to the region,” he said in a speech.

Indonesia is a founding member of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which includes democracies like Thailand and the Philippines and communist states like Vietnam and junta-ruled Myanmar.


Group: War-crimes probe needed in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO | New video evidence has emerged linking Sri Lanka’s military to the execution of prisoners during the final hours of the country’s decades-long civil war last year, an international human rights group said Thursday.

Human Rights Watch said the grisly content of a five-minute video clip aired by Britain’s Channel 4 television last month warrants a U.N. investigation.

The video was an extension of a short clip aired by the station last year showing blindfolded, naked men being fatally shot at close range. The latest video shows the naked body of a young woman with a blood-spattered face identified by Tamil media as “Isaippriya,” a news reader with the Tamil Tiger rebel television station.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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