Source: Indonesian MFA
“The Pacific is important for Indonesia and Indonesia is also important to the Pacific,” this was stated by the RI delegation at the Pacific regional strengthening agenda, Pacific Island Forum (PIF) 28th Post Forum Dialogue in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (11/9).
The meeting was opened by the new PIF Chairman, Peter M. Christian, who succeeded Prime Minister Peter O’Neill from Papua New Guinea.
The PFD was the last event of the 47th PIF Summit itinerary, 8-11 September 2016, which brought together 18 member states with 17 PIF dialogue/development partners, in order to among others; communicate the outcomes of the summit in the form of a Communiqué.
Different from the one in 2015, the 2016 Communiqué did not include the recommendation for a fact-finding mission. The leaders agreed that the Papua issue is a sensitive one, which requires a constructive and open relationship with Indonesia.
In response, RI still firmly refuses external interference in Indonesia’s domestic affairs. The submission of accusations of human rights violations in Papua by certain individuals and foreign NGOs are based on bad faith and political motivations. The various accusations are baseless and manipulative, and need not be accommodated.
The delegation also affirmed that Indonesia has a credible national mechanism related to the promotion and protection of human rights. As the third largest democratic country in the world, the protection of human rights is mandated by Indonesia’s constitution.
During the meeting, Indonesia also stated that it is geographically and culturally a part of the Pacific. Over 11 million of Indonesia’s population of 240 million are of Melanesian cultural background.
RI is still committed to constructive cooperation with PIF, and can strategically serve as a bridge between the Pacific with Asia and the Indian Ocean.
To conclude, the Indonesian delegation stated to the forum that, just like in 2015, the members of the PIF are invited to attend the Bali Democracy Forum, 8-9 December 2016.
PIF is a regional cooperation forum in the pacific which aims to strengthen cooperation and integration, by uniting local resources and policies for economic growth, sustainable development, good governance, and security.