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Selasa, 19 Juli 2011
Welcoming Remarks by
H.E. Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa
Minister for Foreign AffairsRepublic of Indonesia
At the 44th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
Bali, Indonesia, 19 July 2011
Excellency Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of the Republic of Indonesia and First Lady, Madame Ani Bambang Yudhoyono,
Your Royal Highness and Excellencies Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the ASEAN Member States,
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Papua New Guinea,
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste,
Excellency Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr. Surin Pitsuwan,
Excellencies and My Colleagues Ministers of the Republic of Indonesia,
Excellencies, members of the Indonesian Parliament.
Mr. I Made Mangku Pastika, Governor of the Province of Bali,
Distinguished Guests,Ladies and Gentlemen,
Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb,
Peace be upon us.
With the kind concurrence of the President of the Republic of Indonesia, may I first of all extend my warmest welcome to all, the Foreign Ministers of ASEAN Member States, Papua New Guinea, and Democratic Republic of Timor Leste, as well as to the Secretary-General of ASEAN, and other delegates, to Bali, Indonesia for the 44th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.
All of us also wish to pay a special tribute to His Excellency President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, for gracing us with his presence this morning.
Your presence, Excellency Mr. President, has indeed further elevated the significance of our meeting today; and, above all, reflects the strong personal commitment you have consistently shown to ASEAN and its noble endeavours.
As you are no doubt aware, Mr. President, for the ASEAN family of nations, Bali, holds special significance.
The 1976 Bali Concord, as well as the 2003 Bali Concord II, are some of the most seminal agreements among ASEAN member states that have propelled ASEAN to higher levels of cooperation.
As a matter of fact, with hard work and common efforts, it is not entirely impossible that the next ASEAN Summit, also to be convened here in Bali in November 2011, will similarly launch ASEAN to an even a higher level of cooperation; in keeping, with the theme of ASEAN for this year, namely “ASEAN Community in a global community of nations”.
Your Royal Highness,
In the coming few days, we have yet another historic opportunity to manifest ASEAN’s central role in the region’s architecture. For, in addition to the ASEAN ministerial meeting to be formally inaugurated today, we are to have a series of meetings with our Dialogue Partners, as well as ministers of the ASEAN Regional Forum and the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Consultation.
In these endeavours, the work of ASEAN Foreign Ministers benefits immensely from the clarity of instruction and guidance that emanated from the 18th ASEAN Summit convened in Jakarta last May.
Thus, Mr. President, the Ministers’ primary task must be to ensure that we make concrete progress on the outcomes of that 18th Summit in anticipation of the 19th Summit to be convened here in Bali in November 2011.
The priorities have been set and they are quite crystal clear.
First, to ensure that we make significant progress in ASEAN community-building in 2011.
Second, that we deploy all of ASEAN’s capacities to ensure that the wider region continues to be marked by peace and stability; precisely the kind of conditions that have enabled the Asia-Pacific region to make advances in its pursuit of economic development and prosperity.
And third, to launch a post 2015 vision for ASEAN, namely ASEAN Community in a global community of nations. An ASEAN that is actively engaged in addressing global challenges and serves as a net contributor to global prosperity and stability.
Of course, such priorities are pursued not in a vacuum. Countries in the Asia-Pacific region, like others in the international community, also face some stark challenges.
Traditional security issues, including unresolved territorial disputes, that need to be addressed.
Mutual confidence and trust which require to be continuously nurtured and enhanced.
Our region is also not immune from non-traditional security threats. Climate change, food security, and energy security, to cite a few.
Those challenges are complex, multidimensional, interlinked and simultaneous. They demand international cooperation and partnership.
However, we would be remiss if we simply dwell on challenges.
Ours is also a region full of potentials; for economic advancement and for social progress. Not least, as I believe we can, our region has the potential to introduce a fresh perspective in the manner by which countries interact and manage their relations in a win-win, mutually beneficial way. Where security, prosperity and stability can be enjoyed by all countries, large and small. We call such condition dynamic equilibrium for our region.
Mr. President, the leadership shown by you and all the ASEAN’s Heads of State has been, and continues to be, instrumental in ensuring ASEAN’s role in building a community for our region; promoting peace and stability for the wider region; and in serving as a net contributor to global security, stability and prosperity. All anchored in a people-centered ASEAN, an ASEAN that places primacy in the promotion of human rights and democracy.
The series of ASEAN and ASEAN-led Ministerial Meetings, will conclude on 23 July 2011. You can be assured that we will leave no stone unturned to ensure concrete follow-up to the outcomes of the 18th ASEAN Summit.
Once again, we thank you, Excellency Mr. President, for having graced this occasion with your presence.
We deeply appreciate that you have graciously agreed to deliver the keynote address for this Meeting.
I now have the honour and distinct privilege to invite Your Excellency President Yudhoyono to deliver your Opening Address and officially open the 44th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings in Bali.
I thank you.
Wassalamu’alaikum Wr Wb