Indonesia Campaigns to be Non-Permanent UN Security Council

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 , 09:00:00 WIB -

Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno L.P. Marsudi (right) is seen with Costa Rica Foreign Minister Manuel Antonio Gonzales Sanz (left), after a bilateral meeting between the two nations, Jakarta, Sunday (3/9).(ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Indonesia as officially declared that it will run for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations (UN) Security Council 2019-2020. The country has already begun campaigning for its election.

At the Indonesian Embassy in Den Haag, Holland, on Wednesday (6/9), Indonesia held a diplomatic reception as part of her 72nd anniversary and to campaign for the country’s election.

Up to 800 invitees, comprising ambassadors, diplomatic corps, executives of institutions in Holland, international organization partners and Indonesialists, attended the event.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno L.P Marsudi announced Indonesia’s candidacy on 23 September 2016.

According to her, Indonesia meets all he requirements to be a UN Security Council member in 2019-2020.

Indonesia is the fourth most dense nation in the world and the third largest economy. The country is home to the largest Moslem population, she explained.

Retno further claims that Indonesia has successfully proven that Islam, democracy and modernity can walk in harmony.

Indonesia consists of 17,000 islands and 1,300 ethnic groups, so the nation is a model for tolerance and pluralism.

"Indonesia as been playing an active role in promoting democracy, for instance, the country had organized the Bali Democracy Forum (BDF)," Retno said, quoted by kemlu.go.id.

Retno did no forget to mention that Indonesia has been in the top ten of nations who have been contributing to the UN peacekeeping security force.

"With such background, Indonesia meets all the requirements to be a member of the UN Security Council in 2019-2020," she concluded. (rm)

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