Indonesia believes in non-interference — Envoy



Herald Reporter, Friday, September 3, 2010 8:01 PM



H.E. Vice President, Joice Mujuru welcomes H.E. Eddy Poerwana, Ambassador of Indonesia



INDONESIAN Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Eddy Poerwana says his country believes in a policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries.


Speaking to journalists after meeting Vice President Joice Mujuru at her Munhumutapa office in Harare yesterday, Ambassador Poerwana said Zimbabweans were better placed to solve their problems.


“You have the support of my government on your Government’s efforts and the efforts of the people of Zimbabwe to solve your problems without interventions of outsiders,” he said.


“That is the same principle of my government and my people that is strongly embedded in our constitution that we are an independent people and sovereign nation and that our problems are best solved by our people.”

Ambassador Poerwana said his country was ready to assist Zimbabwe’s agriculture sector.


“We have a draft MoU we have sent to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Mechanisation. They are still studying it and we are still waiting for their response,” he said.


Indonesia, he said, supported calls by developing nations to reform the United Nations.

“It is also our desire that the UN has to be reformed to give equal opportunities and rights to every country.”

There is an ongoing debate to reform the UN’s organs especially the Security Council to ensure that developing nations are given more powers in its functions.


Only five countries — the US, Britain, Russia, China and France — wield veto powers.

This has resulted in some countries, especially the US and its allies, attempting to use the Security Council to solve bilateral disputes.


It has in the past unsuccessfully tried to have Security Council impose sanctions on Zimbabwe.

Indonesia is one of the fastest growing economies in Asia and enjoy cordial relation with Zimbabwe. Both countries are members of the Non-Aligned Movement.