INDONESIAN AMBASSADOR’S REMARKS AT THE RECEPTION TO MARK THE FIRST ASEAN FLAG-HOISTING IN DPR KOREA, PYONGYANG 7 OCTOBER 2011

10/9/2011

 
INDONESIAN AMBASSADOR’S REMARKS
THE RECEPTION TO MARK THE FIRST ASEAN FLAG-HOISTING IN DPR KOREA
PYONGYANG, 7 OCTOBER 2011
 

- Honourable Mr. Pak Gil Yon, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs;
- Excellencies;
- Distinguished Guests; and
- Ladies and Gentlemen.
 
Welcome to our reception. It’s a reception to mark the first ASEAN flag-hoisting in Pyongyang.  The Association of South East Asian Nations flag. The flag-raising ceremony solemnly took place this morning, conducted by members of the Indonesian mission. The ASEAN flags being raised, while the ASEAN Anthem was sung. The lyrics of the Anthem “The ASEAN Way ”, I quote:
 
Raise our flag high sky high
Embrace the pride in our heart
ASEAN we bonded as one
Look-in out to the world
For peace, our goal from the very start
And prosperity to last
We dare to dream we care to share
Together for ASEAN
We dare to dream we care to share
For it’s the way of ASEAN
 
Excellencies,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

As we gather and see now at the Embassy and the Residence alongside with the Indonesian flags, the first waves of the ASEAN flags flying in the sky of Pyongyang, or even sky of DPR Korea, one would look at ASEAN and offer following facts, reflections and resolves:
 
One: That ASEAN is now 44 years of age, as it was established when the founding fathers signed the ASEAN Declaration in Bangkok on 8th August 1967. Later, ASEAN’s standing and resolves become even stronger when ASEAN Charter was signed in Singapore on 20th November 2007 and entered into force on 15 December 2008. That ASEAN has a total population of approximately 554.36 million peoples which is around 8.6% of the world population. And it has nominal GDP of approximately 798.7 billions US$ which is around 2% of the world GDP.

Two: During and through-out the 44 years since its founding, ASEAN has made tremendous contributions within and beyond South East Asia proper. Within South East Asia, ASEAN has made enormous contributions, be it in terms of promoting international and regional peace and security, and not the least in terms of how the Association has been able to promote the benign regional architecture and benign regional environment conducive for all individual ASEAN Member Countries to pursue economic development efforts.
 
Three: That ASEAN’s contributions has extended beyond its own region South East Asia. In this, one would recall ASEAN purposes and principles in ZOPFAN (Zone of Peace, Freedom and Neutrality), in SEANWFZ (South East Asian Nuclear Weapon Free Zone), in TAC (Treaty of Amity and Cooperation) and through various ASEAN dialogue partners processes and through ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). These are all concrete and real contributions of ASEAN, not only to promote peace and stability within its own region, but beyond South East Asia in general.
 
Four: That beyond South East Asia, as we are based in DPR Korea, one would then ask how ASEAN and DPR Korea are making their connection to further promote their respective interests. To this, DPR Korea joined ASEAN Regional Forum in the year 2000 and acceded to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in 2008. Further on, the Government of DPR Korea decided to dispatch its Ambassador to ASEAN, according to KCNA published in July 2011. Those are connections made by DPR Korea which should be highlighted.
 
Five/last: That ASEAN resolves to continue to build its dream and objectives as stipulated in the ASEAN Charter. ASEAN is confident that even as it strives towards its targets, it will always be an active and responsible member of the global community of nations. That ASEAN’s interests and identity will continue to be promoted in this country, the DPR Korea.
 
Excellencies,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
With that, I want to conclude this remarks. I thank you for accepting our invitation to attend this reception. And I would now like to invite you to raise your glass with me… for ASEAN and for the well-being of all of us present here today.
 
Pyongyang, 7 October 2011