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Strong Commitment of Indonesia’s Chairmanship at the 2023 ASEAN Summit Realizing a Peaceful Area


West Manggarai — The chairmanship of Indonesia has a very strong commitment to the 2023 ASEAN Summit to continue to create a region full of peace so that ASEAN can become a center for the world.

In a press conference at the Bintang Flores Hotel Labuan Bajo, NTT, Thursday (11/5), the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo stated that in fact all ASEAN countries are one family and must be able to sail together to one destination.

“Indeed, ASEAN is one family, the ties are very strong, the unity is very important to sail towards one common goal, making the ASEAN Epcentrum of Growth and a peaceful and prosperous region,” said President Jokowi.

In relation to the efforts to realize peace, it has even been agreed by all ASEAN Heads of State that indeed the protection of migrant workers and victims of human trafficking must be dealt with firmly by the perpetrators.

“Things that touch the interests of the people are important things for leaders, including the protection of migrant workers and victims of human trafficking. And I invite ASEAN countries to take firm action against the main perpetrators,” said President Jokowi.

Firmly, he also stated that the Myanmar conflict which injured humanity absolutely could not be tolerated.

Then, in order to realize peace in ASEAN, even Indonesia itself has committed to being ready to talk with many parties about efforts to stop the Myanmar conflict.

“Indonesia is ready to talk to anyone, including the Junta and all stakeholders in Myanmar for humanitarian purposes, and what is important for me to emphasize is that taking an approach does not mean giving recognition,” said the seventh Indonesian President, accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi and Minister of State Secretary Pratikno.

Furthermore, he also hoped that no other party would actually take advantage of the Myanmar conflict.

This, said Jokowi, would in fact be very prone to causing divisions so that peace would not be carried out. Jokowi also invited ASEAN to unite.

“No party inside or outside ASEAN should benefit from the internal conflict in Myanmar, violence must stop and the people must be protected,” he said.

Jokowi reiterated that ASEAN unity is very important, because without unity it will be easy for other parties to divide ASEAN.

Not just a commitment, but several steps have also been taken by Indonesia in its efforts to end the Myanmar conflict.

Indonesia has established communication with various relevant stakeholders and continues to push for the implementation of the 5 consensus points.

“We will continue to push for the implementation of the 5 consensus points, encourage dialogue and not only with the Junta because there are many parties and interests involved, so we will increase the number of stakeholders in Myanmar,” President Jokowi concluded.

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