The Delegation of the Republic of Indonesia consisting of representatives from the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Ottawa, lead by Director General of Air Transport, Ministry of Transport, Mr. Herry Bakti, actively participated in the Diplomatic Conference to Adopt the Proposed Draft Text of the Protocol to the Tokyo Convention of 1963, at the Headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Montreal, 26 March 2014 – 4 April 2014. As expressed by the President of the Council of ICAO, Dr. O.B. Aliu during the opening, the Diplomatic Conference to aims modernize the juridical aspects concerning disruptive and unruly passengers as stipulated by the Convention on Offences and Certain Other Acts Committed on Board Aircraft (Tokyo Convention 1963).
The Indonesian Delegation conveyed the General Statement, Working Papers and interventions during the discussion. Indonesia was elected as a Member of the Credential Committee, which task it was to analyze the validity of the credentials of the Delegations. Other members were Finland, Canada, Colombia and the United Arab Emirates. The President of the Conference was Ms. Tan Siew Huay, Director (Legal), Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, and the Vice Presidents were from South Africa, the United States, Poland and Saudi Arabia.
Indonesia perceived that it was timely to modernize the Tokyo Convention of 1963, with respect to unlawful conduct and unlawful acts by unruly passengers. Indonesia and other participating countries underlined the need of consensus to modernize the Tokyo Convention of 1963.
The Diplomatic Conference adopted the Protocol to Amend the Convention on Offences and Certain Acts Committed on Board Aircraft, which should be followed up by Members of ICAO to indicate their commitments. During the closing of the Conference, the Head of the Indonesian Delegation signed the Final Act of the International Conference on Air Law, which mentioned the President, Vice Presidents, Participants and Observers and Committees of the Conference, and described the main issues required to be followed up by members of ICAO.
At the sidelines of the Diplomatic Conference, the Indonesian Delegation had meetings with ICAO TCB concerning The Cooperation Program on Environmental MSA Annex 5 and the preparation of CAEP Steering Committee, 28 March 2014; with ICAO ATB Chief Aviation Security (AVSEC) Branch on 31 March 2014, concerning the national aviation system development plan; and attended the ICAO CAEP Cycle to Alternative Fuel Task Force (AFTF) Kick-Off, 1-3 April 2014. On 3 April 2014, the Indonesian Delegation had a Courtesy Visit with the Secretary General of ICAO, Mr. Raymond Benjamin, they discussed the continuity of Indonesia’s contribution to international civil aviation. (SM)