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STATEMENT BY H.E. WARDANA,

VICE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA 

Mr. Chairman,                                                         

Excellencies,                                                          

Distinguished Delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a pleasure and honour for me to join you at the 20th Anniversary of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia and the 4th Ministerial Meeting of CICA in this beautiful city of Astana. On behalf of the Indonesian Delegation, I wish to express our sincere appreciation to the Government of Kazakhstan for hosting this meeting and for the gracious welcome and hospitality accorded to us.

I would also like to congratulate you Mr. Chairman for the continuation of Turkish Chairmanship by two years for the period of 2012-2014, we are confident that under the able leadership of Turkey, CICA process will continue the momentum gained over the last two years.

In this historical commemorative session, Indonesia would also like to congratulate the President of Kazakhstan for his initiative of launching CICA 20 years ago. It has now become a prominent organization with a membership that represents nearly ninety percent of the area and population of Asia.

CICA as a platform for political dialogue, is playing an important role in contributing to world peace, security and stability. 

Mr. Chairman,

Distinguished Delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The world community continues to face numerous interlinked and multidimensional challenges that stem from economic, environmental, political, and security issues. These challenges constitute a risk to the peace and prosperity of our region. We know that these challenges can be addressed with confidence building measures within regions and between regions.

That is why CICA should continue to play the role that it has assumed in the maintenance of peace and prosperity in the region.  

CICA strives to create synergy in implementing confidence-building measures that are needed to address the challenges we are facing.

We value and underline the importance of dialogue in CICA, as a way of addressing issues of common concern and searching for alternative solutions in this important part of the world. 

We continue to emphasize the importance of capacity building, with particular regard to trans-national issues that have become priority concerns of  CICA, such as people smuggling, the trade in narcotics and the threat of terrorism.

In doing so, we must also uphold the principles of sovereign equality and non-interference, the promotion of dialogue, and the enhancement of capacity building. 

We acknowledge CICA’s efforts to foster mutual understanding and the good-neighbour policy while adhering to those principles. These principles are in line with international values and norms enshrined in the UN Charter.

Mr. Chairman,

Distinguished Delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen, 

The second issue for Indonesia is that CICA complements in a productive way the agendas pursued by other forums of international cooperation.

The existence of other established forums in the Asia and Pacific that promote regional and inter-regional cooperation do not lessen the relevance of CICA. New initiatives and ideas are always welcomed, including those from CICA, that can help the international community overcome escalating global challenges.   

In East and Southeast Asia, Indonesia together with its ASEAN partners, have built and nurtured various kinds of organizations to build mutual trust and confidence. Organizations such as the ASEAN Regional Forum, the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting, and the East Asia Summit. All of them have the purpose of building confidence and strengthening concrete cooperation.

There is always room for new layers of inter-state, sub-regional, regional and inter-regional cooperation for the maintenance of peace and prosperity in Asia. 

Towards this end, we hope that CICA will soon complete its regulating documents and therefore enhance its capacity to carry out its tasks. In due time, we hope to see CICA assume bigger roles and carry out more concrete actions in support of its purposes and principles.

Mr. Chairman,

Distinguished Delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Turning to my final point, I wish to assure you that Indonesia highly appreciates the work of CICA. We value the work CICA is doing in this important part of the world, with which Indonesia is broadening and deepening relations in the diplomatic, economic, socio-cultural and other fields. CICA is an important element of our foreign policy.

As an observer of  CICA, Indonesia has actively participated in all its past meetings. We follow closely the discussions of this important meeting and will continue to participate and contribute actively in future meetings of CICA.

In general terms, wherever there is a multilateral forum doing the kind of work that CICA is involved to enhance the plight of the peoples of the region and the larger world community—there you will find Indonesia trying to contribute whatever it can through whatever means it can afford to make a better world.  

As my President, H.E Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, emphasized at the Commemoration of the 67th Anniversary of Indonesia’s Independence, Indonesia will never be idle in addressing global challenges. It will always strive to be a net contributor to the solution of the global problems of our time.

I thank you.