Indonesian Ambassador's Remarks at the Diplomatic Reception Commemorating the 69th Anniversary of Indonesian Independence

8/19/2014

 
INDONESSIAN AMBASSADOR’S REMARKS 69TH INDONESIAN INDEPENDENCE

PYONGYANG, 18 AUGUST 2014

 

 

-    Excellency Mr. Ri Kil Song, Vice Foreign Minister;

-    Excellency Mr. Ismail Mohamed Hassan, Ambassador of Palestine/Dean of Diplomatic Corps;

-    Dear Ambassadors and Madams;

-    Distinguished Guests;

-    Ladies and Gentlemen.

 

First of all, it is our great pleasure – Susi and I - to welcome you all to this reception. It is one to commemorate the 69th Anniversary of the Indonesian Independence yesterday on the 17th of August.

It was 69 years ago in Jakarta on the 17th of August 1945, the Indonesian independence was declared. We - the people of Indonesia - pay tribute to our forefathers and predecessors who have pursued shrewd diplomacy and courageously fought battle-fronts for independence. The declaration of independence subsequently brought forth in modern history the status of statehood to Indonesia with a defined territory, population, a sovereign government, and recognition by other states. The state philosophy of Indonesia from the beginning is Pancasila.

 

Much challenges and opportunities have been encountered to make up a different Indonesia today compared to the one when it was founded 69 years ago. Through ups-and-downs in its journey since its independence, Indonesia today is commonly said to have emerged in a long term and vibrant process of democratization and still managed to upkeep a nation united in diversity where citizens of various race, faith and creed live together in unity,

 

Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

Indonesia continues to be one of the most ethnically diverse nations in the world. It currently has a population of almost a quarter billion people. They are followers of five of the world's major religions who live across the Indonesian archipelago with 17,500 islands plus. Indonesia remains to be a country where places of worships are in abundance. By an account, there are currently over 255.000 mosques, more than 13.000 Hindu temples, 2,000 Buddhist temples, and over 1,300 Confucian temples. There are also 61,000 churches plus in Indonesia, perhaps more than in any one country in Europe. And it's quite often that these places of worships are located on the same street. With interfaith posturing being a factor and despite new domestic and international challenges in an increasingly globalized world, Indonesia manages to live a democratic society with peace, harmony, and economic development.             

 

Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies Gentlemen:

 

The home grown democracy in Indonesia is still a work in progress and consolidation since then when it was embraced 16 years ago. At the same time, the principle of multiculturalism as a source of strengths for progress and peace is not to be take for granted in its implementation. Already, Indonesia has attracted increased global attention for the last decade when Indonesia came out in 2004 and 2009 to hold direct presidential elections peacefully with the result of Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono elected to win two constitutionally allowable five-year- of his presidency, the terms of which will be completed later this year.

 

Yes, Indonesia has clearly emerged. In an ever increasingly inter-connected world, Indonesia once again went through that democratic process of electing its president, and this direct presidential election too has attracted greater attention worldwide. The five-time campaign debates between the two candidates were televised live throughout the country. In the fourth-most populous nation in the world consisting of more than 750 ethnics, there were more than 134 million Indonesian voters went to polling stations to cast their votes last month on July 9. The result of the election which was announced last month on 22nd July by the Indonesian Election commission is currently being contested by way of a constitutional appeal to the Constitutional Court.

 

While it is duly noted that the July 22, Mr. Joko Widodo with running partner Mr. Jusuf Kalla won more votes over Mr. Prabowo Subianto with running partner Mr. Hatta Rajasa, one would appreciate the constitutional process being undertaken and wait for the process by the Constitutional Court to adjudicate and provide its verdict on the appeal later this month. That being said, the 2014 direct presidential election is very special. It will conclude the first entire cycle of two five-year terms directly elected presidency and there after the transition to a new popularly elected administration will take place. As such that the political dynamics following the three direct presidential elections of 2004, 2009 and 20114 in Indonesia has deepened pluralism and brought a new quality to the nation as a maturing democracy.

 

Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

I would now jump to the bilateral relations with DPR Korea. The year 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the Republic of Indonesia and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The half-a-century of the diplomatic relations between the two countries has provided an opportunity to capitalize once again the quality of the relations between Indonesia and DPR Korea and to highlight different aspects in the relationship.


Indonesia and DPR Korea have had a relationship starting before the two countries agreed on the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1964. The friendship that makes up the relations between Indonesia and DPR Korea which has existed all along stands up until today along side with the evolution of differences in histories and political systems that each of the two nations has over the last 50 years.

 

Coming to the latest rapport of bilateral relations, the past year saw an increase in quality of the activities by and between the two countries, the highlights of which are as follow:

-    Two diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affair of DPR Korea participated in diplomatic training course provided and sponsored by Indonesia in October 2013;

-    Working visit to DPR Korea by HE Dr. Marty, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia and his delegation in October 2013;

-    Working visit to DPR Korea by the Delegation of the People Consultative Assembly of Indonesia headed by its Chairman HE Mr. Sidarto Danusubroto in November 2013;

-    Visit by the Deputy Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia to attend the opening of the Kimilsungia Flower Festival and by his art troupe to participate in the April Spring and Friendship Art Festival in April 2014; and

-    The official visit to Indonesia this month by HE Mr. Ri Su Yong, Minister of Foreign Affairs, DPR Korea.

 

In such a quality relationship between Indonesia and DPR Korea, nevertheless, much remains to be done. And despite the challenges up ahead the much potentials in bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and DPR Korea has to be further considered for their realization, for example in matters related to the economic, education and cooperation, and in investment cooperation and cooperation in appropriate international fora.  Just to mention one aspect, there has been a modest total value in the bilateral trade, albeit the two countries have gone through the 50-year diplomatic relations. In any event, the trend of the trade balance for the last five years - 2009-2013 - of the total trade between Indonesia and DPR Korea is noted to be 13.49%.

 

Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

On regional front, that ASEAN, the Association of South East Asia Nations, has been the corner stone of Indonesia's foreign policy. Indonesia's foreign policy through ASEAN has been purposely designed to address the constantly            changing and evolving regional challenges. Indonesia together with ASEAN has worked ceaselessly to develop the region's capacity to foster a habit of dialogue and cooperation, to engage others, to create conditions conducive for development, to prevent and manage potential conflicts and to resolve them. In this regard, ASEAN established the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in 1994 whose aim is to manage strategic change in the Asia Pacific region through dialogue and consultation on political and security matters.

 

Despite the great diversity of its membership, ARF has been known to have attained a record of achievements that have contributed to the maintenance of peace, security and cooperation in the region. Among the achievements has been the cultivation of habits of dialogue and consultation on political and security issues. And as ARF marks the 20th anniversary of its establishment this year, let me take the opportunity to capitalize the ASEAN known position on the importance of enhancing dialogue and creating an atmosphere conducive for the early resumption of the Six Party Talks which would pave the way for a peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

 

Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

On that note, I want to end my remarks. Thank you for accepting our invitation to celebrate the 69th Anniversary of the Indonesian Independence I would now like to propose to you to join me in a toast: for the good health of Excellency Kim Jon Un, Supreme Leader of the Korean People; for the good health of Excellency President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono; for peace and prosperity of both the people of Indonesia and of DPR Korea; for the happiness of all of us attending this reception.

 

Thank you.

Pyongyang, 18 August 2014