UN envoy Ibrahim Gambani told the Indonesian press the outside world had to work cautiously with military leaders of Burma in order to achieve success. “We need to go on a combination of strong encouragement to authorities in Myanmar to do the right thing along with incentives to the extent the world is not to punish Myanmar.” The Indonesian president indicated he has received assurances from Burma’s military leaders of their willingness to cooperate with the Un. Indonesia’s defense minister warned pushing ahead too quickly in moving from a military dictatorship to democracy ran the risk of creating another Iraq.
Indonesia has experience in shifting from being a military dictatorship to a democratic society. They fear quick movement from one to the other would result in chaos within Burma since at this point the army is th only institution with capability of ensuring stability.