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SUBJECT: INDONESIAN SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT SENDS LETTER TO
SPEAKER PELOSI

REF: A. JAKARTA 2298
B. JAKARTA 2137

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1. (U) SUMMARY: Agung Laksono, Speaker of the Indonesian
Parliament (DPR), has sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The letter congratulates the Speaker on the results of the
November elections. The letter also thanks the Speaker for
the recent launch of a USG information network which will
help Indonesia's Parliament research legislation and judicial
decisions on a worldwide basis. The original copy of the
letter has been sent to the Speaker's Office in Washington.
END SUMMARY.

2. (U) Speaker Laksono has sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi.
The letter, dated December 23, congratulates the Speaker on
the results of the November elections. The letter also
thanks Speaker Pelosi for the recent launch of a USG
information network--the Global Legal Information Network
(GLIN)--which will help Indonesia's Parliament research
legislation and judicial decisions on a worldwide basis. The
letter supports further cooperation with the U.S. Congress
and proposes a visit by House Democracy Assistance Commission
representatives (HDAC) in early 2009.

3. (U) The text of Speaker Laksono's letter to Speaker
Pelosi follows:

Begin text:

Jakarta, December 23, 2008

Honorable Speaker Nancy Pelosi
The U.S. House of Representatives
235 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
United States of America

Dear Honorable Pelosi,

On behalf of the Parliamentary Reform Committee that visited
Washington during the first week of December, I express my
thanks for the cooperation provided by your Congress. The
year 2009 is historic for the world's second largest
democracy, with the inauguration of President Elect Barack
Obama and Vice President Elect Joe Biden.

Inauguration of Mr. Obama is of significance to the people of
Indonesia who have an affectionate feeling for Mr. Obama as
he lived in his early age in Jakarta. It is also a
historical year for the world's third largest democracy, the
Republic of Indonesia, with our national legislative election
beginning in April 2009.

I would welcome a visit by your House Democratic Assistance
Commission (HDAC) early in 2009. You have instituted many
reforms in the U.S. House. Under my tenure as Speaker, The
Indonesian House of Representatives has introduced reforms,
especially relating to developing of a more viable
Parliament. However there are more Parliamentary reforms I
intend to accomplish during this term.

Meanwhile, I am happy to inform you that we have recently
officiated the Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
Indonesia Office which will be in on line communication with
the US Congress/Law Library of Congress GLIN Office, to allow
our parliamentarians of both sides access into legislative
material resources available in our two parliaments for
comparative purposes.

A visit by Members of the U.S. Congress would give our
respective Members an opportunity to exchange reform
experiences and also discuss ways of how we can work together
during this economic crisis that impacts Indonesians and

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Americans. To further strengthening this cooperation, we
also view it as timely for the two parliaments to form an
ad-hoc joint working group.

In the current Parliamentary session we passed legislation
relating to mining and the Capetown-Agreement Aviation which
are important to the Indonesian and US economies.

In conclusion, allow me to renew our invitation to you to
visit Indonesia soonest at the most convenient time.

Sincerely,

/S/

HR Agung Laksono
Speaker of the Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat
of the Republic of Indonesia

End text.

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