Speech of Indonesian Ambassador at Diplomatic Reception of the 64th Anniversary of the Independence of Republic Indonesia

8/20/2009

 

Excellencies, Colleagues and Friends,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my distinct honor to warmly welcome you to the Indonesian Residence and sincerely thank you for kindly gracing all Indonesians here in observing our National Day.

For Indonesians, this is a momentum for celebration, reflection and renewal of commitment; a commitment to pursue the ideals of proclamation that our founding fathers and heroes fought for. Their struggle for independence inspired many nations under colonial rule to follow. Like them, we are also no less determined to work for an Indonesia that is independent, united, sovereign, just and prosperous.

As we mark the 64th anniversary of our Independence, Indonesians are celebrating the smooth-running and peaceful general Parliamentarian election as well as direct Presidential election. We are happy that we manage to conclude our national duty to vote for national leadership and people representation to bring the country to a brighter future for the next five years.

Since we embarked Reform Era 11 years ago, Indonesia continues to enjoy democratic life, stability and progress in development. Our national unity and integrity continue to strengthen within the unified Republic of the world largest archipelagic country with more than four hundred ethnic groups and languages as well as diverse tradition and culture.

As a nation state that advances freedom, pluralism and tolerance, we are proud to contribute to regional peace and security that help create condition conducive to economic development in the region.

Similarly, we are happy to witness our improved capacity to play a role in international arena in collaboration with other peace-loving countries to deal with global issues with a view to making the world a better place to live on the basis of freedom, lasting peace and social justice. After all, that is our constitutional obligation.

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To conclude, it is indeed my pleasure to invite you to enjoy and entertain yourselves with colorful Indonesian ambience of history, tradition, culture and cuisine. Have a pleasant evening.