?REMARKS BY H.E. MR. NASRI GUSTAMAN
AMBASSADOR OF INDONESIA
HAND-OVER OF CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE ACP FROM INDONESIA TO LAOS
PYONGYANG, 6 MAY 2013
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Let me first of all welcome you to the hand-over function of the chairmanship of the ASEAN Committee in Pyongyang (ACP) from Indonesia to Lao.
I would like to thank you all, the members of the ACP for the support you have provided during and through out the last six months of the Indonesian Chairmanship, that is from November 2012 to April 2013.
I also thank you for your commitment and dedication to support our joint efforts in advancing the cause and objective for which the Committee was established, that is to promote the ASEAN's interests and identity in this country, DPR Korea.
For 6 months, I have had the honour and the privilege of holding the chairmaship of the ACP. I committed myself the best I could to honoring this task of being the Chairman of the ACP as part of the Indonesian foreign policy on ASEAN.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
And so, let me have the pleasure now to make some reflections on the collective achievements, experience accumulated and perhaps the challenges yet to be faced by the ACP in the future.
First, that the ASEAN-Five Embassies accredited in Pyongyang:
Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia and Vietnam - within the span of one year starting from when the ACP was founded on 30th April 2012 - have succeded to make the Committee established in a more structured and organized fashion. Not only as an organization through which the five Embassies have been able to come up with collective approaches in promoting the ASEAN's interests and identity, but as well as a forum in which effective and benefitial exchanges of views - or even only of informations - on different issues and challenges at hand have taken place.
Second, it has always been felt that there is no easy answers to then complexity of the situation at hand. As such, the program that has been planned from the beginning to have a working visit to Kaesong Industrial Complex - to mention just one example - has so far been pending due to some circumstances. On the other hand, the ACP forums held to listen to the presentations - and thereafter the question and answer sessions - by FAO and WHO represented by their respective Representative did indeed provide opportunities and inputs for the ACP to gain much more knowledge and informations on their works and operations in DPR Korea. With such knowledge and information, the ACP may wish to consider committing themselves to some of the field projects similar to or different from the ones which the UN Agencies and the others have had, as an assistance to DPR Korea.
Third, in keeping with the ASEAN tradition and with the view to further strengthening the ASEAN friendship and solidarity, the organization of a side event in Pyongyang in March 2013 which included the participation of staff members of the ASEAN-Five Embassies and their family members was prompt and timely. The event was the first time ever taken place within the ASEAN-Five Embassies and despite of the joy that was felt, the highlight of the night was without doubt the Reambong dance, the Cambodian traditional one, collectively floored at the occasion.
Fourth, the process that led to the organization by the EU in Pyongyang of an informal meeting between the ACP and the EU a few days back was an accomplishment to be welcomed by the ACP. It is only proper that the two organizations should do it again from time to time.
Fifth, as much as we would have liked to accomplish more in the sort of working environment as it is, and that lessons are to be wisely learnt through experience, a number of agreed pending matters are duly noted. To mention just a few: that the ACP from time to time to host friendly luncheons / dinners with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and or other relevant Ministries or governmental institutions; the ACP to have a briefing on foreign investment policies of the DPR Korea by the Committee of Joint Venture and Investment; other than to visit Kaesong Industrial Complex.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
In conclusion, it is the first Anniversary of the establishment of the ASEAN Committee in Pyongyang several days ago on 30 April 2013. And I want to quote that ASEAN constitutes an inseperable part of the Indonesia's foreign policy, the past, the present and the future.
My sincere appreciaton and thanks to all of you for your engagement and support to the Chairmanship of Indonesia through out the duration of the second term of the ACP. I have been humbled by the whole process and have greatly appreciated the interactions with all the members of the ACP. I have presented to you 6 documents of Record of Discussion. I will still do the report to the Secretary-
General of ASEAN in Jakarta as according to the Rules of Procedure.
As I have written Excellency Ambassador Kiettisak Keobanhdith earlier to pass the Chairmanship of the ACP on to him, I would like to renew to Lao the support of Indonesia in advancing further the works of the ACP in this interesting and different environment. We have confidence that with our collective efforts and perseverence, under the Chairmanship of Laos, the ACP will continue to promote
more effectively its agenda in DPR Korea.
Congratulation on the first Anniversary of the founding of the ASEAN Committee in Pyongyang on 30th April 2013.
Pyongyang, 6 May 2013