Yogyakarta: The Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia (PTRI) to ASEAN in cooperation with Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta (UMY) has held a seminar entitled “The Role of ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) in Promoting Peace and Reconciliation in the Region" in UMY Yogyakarta integrated campus (23/11).
The Seminar was opened by the Rector of UMY, Dr. Ir. Gunawan Budianto and Acting Permanent Representative of Indonesia for ASEAN, Ambassador Chilman Arisman presented the speakers namely Director of ASEAN Political and Security Cooperation the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, M. Chandra Widya Yudha, AIPR's first Executive Director, Ambassador Rezlan Ishar Jenie, the Lecturer of Law Faculty of UMY, Dr. Martinus Sadri and Deputy Director of the Center for Southeast Asia Islamic Studies the Islamic University of Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta, Wiwin Siti Aminah Rochmawati M.A. In addition to UMY lecturers, the seminar was also attended by researchers, academics and observers of peace issues, conflict resolution and reconciliation, including interfaith dialogue actors from various related institutes/institutions in Indonesia.
The seminar explained and discussed about ASEAN's role in creating peace and prosperity for the people of all ASEAN member countries; explanations including the AIPR's profile, duties and functions established in 2011 and AIPR commenced to operate in full since the official appointment of the first AIPR Executive Director on 17 October 2017 and the several challenges faced in realizing a safe and peaceful situation and condition in the region.
Along with the momentum of 50 years of existence of ASEAN in 2017, the ASEAN's role and activities to maintain and create stability, and safe and peaceful area ecosystem is increasingly highlighted and expected by the most of the civil society, especially in Indonesia as a country with the largest ethnic, cultural diversity population and economy, in the Southeast Asia region.
The various challenges that exist and is faced by most ASEAN member countries were expected to create greater opportunities for AIPR to be able to play its optimal role in the future in the region. Therefore, through the implementation of this seminar, it was expected that valuable inputs would be obtained as well as the place to further explore the efforts that AIPR can take forward to promote peace and reconciliation in Southeast Asia.
As one of the most active universities in the field of humanity and peace in various places, UMY was expected to contribute and work with AIPR to realize concrete programs in order to promote peace and reconciliation in the region. (Source: PTRI ASEAN).