Indonesia Helps Mediation on the Peninsula of North Korea

By : Herry Barus And Aldo Bella Putra | Friday, February 02 2018 - 15:00 IWST

Menhan Ryamizard Ryacudu-foto RiauOnline.com
Menhan Ryamizard Ryacudu-foto RiauOnline.com

INDUSTRY.co.id - Jakarta - The Indonesian government through the Ministry of Defense (Kemhan) will help mediate the nuclear test in the North Korean Peninsula.

Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said this during a bilateral meeting between Indonesia-Australia (Bilateral Meeting RI-Australia), in Perth, Australia, Thursday (1/2/2018).

The meeting raised several regional strategic issues including North Korea's nuclear test issues, the development of the South China Sea (LCS) on foreign fighter terrorist and ISIS issues, as well as the development of the Rohingyas crisis.

"In relation to the North Korean issue, Indonesia is concerned about North Korea's nuclear test for violating UN Security Council resolutions," said Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu, in a written statement, in Jakarta.

According to the Defense Minister, Indonesia's position in addressing the North Korean issue is to invite all parties not to be provoked by situations that could trigger escalation of the conflict. Indonesia is committed to creating a nuclear-free world.

He said that diplomacy between Indonesia and North Korea has had a good traditional relationship since the time of President Soekarno until now. Therefore, Indonesia in particular Kemhan RI is ready to support mediation efforts, dialogue and also encourage the reactivation of "six party talks".

Related situation in the South China Sea, this time has tended to improve. Therefore, all parties should be able to maintain the momentum to keep the situation conducive.

Currently, continued the former Chief of Staff of the Army (KSAD), Indonesia is very concerned with security stability in the South China Sea region. The area is directly related to the territory of the Republic of Indonesia.

"Every security issue in the region will certainly affect Indonesia, and we deeply appreciate the continued efforts of ASEAN-China in drafting the Code of Conduct (CoC) for safety, security and mutual prosperity," he said.

He said the very real threat now and requires action in concrete and serious is the threat of terrorism and radicalism.

Threats are cross-country and have a network that is scattered and closed so that in handling requires action together through intensive collaboration capability and interaction between countries, conducive, and concrete.

"In order to overcome the threat of terrorism and radicalism in the region, Indonesia and other countries namely, the Philippines and Malaysia have taken concrete steps of cooperation through the trilateral cooperation platform in the Sulu Sea," said the Defense Minister.

Ryamizard said it has issued a new cooperation platform initiative that is the concept of strategic intelligence exchange cooperation that is Our Eyes. The inauguration of Our Eyes itself was held on 25 January 2018 ago in Bali.

"In particular, I want to pay attention to the return of foreign terrorists to their home countries, especially those from Indonesia," he said.

On that occasion, between Indonesia-Australia also agree to sign an extension of the cooperation agreement "Arrangement between the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Indonesia and the Department of Defense of the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of Indonesia on the Framework of Australia for Security Cooperation and its Plan of Action on Defense Cooperation ".

Previously, the two countries signed the agreement on September 5, 2012 and on September 5, 2017, the agreement has expired. The signing of the arrangement is a follow up to the signing which has been delayed several times.

"Both countries reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening bilateral ties and expanding defense cooperation on the basis of principles of equality, mutual benefit, mutual respect and mutual trust," said the Defense Minister.

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