CAIRO, 21 MARCH 2010
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt, H.E. Ahmed Aboul-Gheit,
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, H.E. Ahmet Davutoglu.
Secretary General of the OIC, H.E. Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu,
Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.
Allow me, at the outset, to applaud the OIC for taking the initiative to convene this timely Conference.
I should also extend our profound appreciation to the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt for the generous hospitality and for the excellent arrangement in organizing this forum.
I wish to congratulate the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Republic of Turkey for co-chairing this meeting. We are convinced that under their able stewardship, it will bring about tangible results.
This Conference is momentous, since there has been progress achieved by all parties, inter-alia with the recent signing of the Framework and Ceasefire Agreement between the Government of the Sudan and the Justice and Equality Movement, as well as with the Liberation and Justice Movement . We are therefore of the conviction that this exercise will help expedite the ongoing peace process in Darfur as well as improve the welfare of the Darfuri.
We believe that there is a very strong linkage between efforts to create stability and humanitarian work in Darfur. After all, security and welfare are intertwined.
Therefore, this forum is instrumental in generating a solid consensus among the international community to assist the Darfur people to cope with their problems and ease their sufferings.
I wish to seize this opportunity to share the cooperation that Indonesia has bilaterally been undertaking with the Sudan. In the field of agriculture, the two countries have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2002. To that end, Indonesia has, among others, provided hand tractors and diesel water pumps to farmers in the Republic of the Sudan.
Furthermore, Indonesia has also been encouraging the private sectors of both countries to actively participate in and expand the areas of mutual interest, particularly through the establishment of agro-enterprises and joint ventures in agriculture.
In the meantime, in the framework of multilateral cooperation, in the area of peace and security, Indonesia contributes a contingent to the Formed Police Unit under the United Nations/African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). This is in addition to our participation in the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).
Indonesia stands ready to work hand in hand with the international community, to help the Darfur people, by building their capacities. In this connection, the Government of the Republic of Indonesia is committed to continue its contribution. We have set up a pilot project on paddy production in West Darfur in the year of 2010 or 2011. In the near future, for the people in the North and South Darfur, we are planning to provide trainings and capacity building programs on micro finance, health, agriculture and small and medium enterprises. We are also prepared to offer other technical assistance under tripartite funding mechanism.
Finally, let me assure you, Mr. Co-Chairmen, that Indonesia is determined to contribute to the success of our deliberation in this Conference.
Wassalamu’alaikum wr. wb.