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US criticizes Indonesia on human rights

[JURIST] Outgoing US Ambassador Ralph L. "Skip" Boyce [official profile] on Monday cited Indonesia's lack of progress in human rights as preventing the resumption of military relations with the US. Hoping for another ally in the war against terror, the Bush administration has attempted to normalize relations with Indonesia, but the move was rejected by Congress.

The US initially cut back military ties to the nation in 1999 when rampaging pro-Jakarta forces killed 1,500 people and destroyed a large portion of East Timor after the half-island had voted to break away from Indonesia. AP has more. Boyce takes over as Ambassador to Thailand later this year.

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