Jakarta (Indonesia) – President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo called for the importance of global cooperation in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic at the general debate of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday (Sep 22).
In his speech at the virtual event, the head of state said conflicts are still happening all over the world, while poverty and even hunger are still suffered by many.
“The principles of the U.N. Charter and international law are often neglected… including the respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity. All of us are concerned with this situation. Our concern grew even deeper in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic,” the president added.
The head of stated further remarked, at a time when we ought to unite and work together to tackle the pandemic. What we see, instead, is one of deep division and growing rivalries.
“Whereas in fact we must unite and always promote a win-win approach in building relations among state that is mutually beneficial. We all understand the negative impacts of the pandemic are tremendous both on health and the social economy. We are also aware that the virus knows no boundaries across nations…No one is safe until everyone is,” he pointed out.
The president asserted that if division and rivalries continue to persist, then the pillars of stability and sustainable peace will crumble or even destroyed, and a world of peace, stable and prosperous becomes more and more difficult to attain.
Joko Widodo pointed out that his year, Indonesia also celebrates the 75th anniversary of its independence.
“It has always been our commitment that Indonesia will continuously contribute to world peace as mandated by our constitution. Indonesia will continue to play a role as bridgebuilder as part of the solution,” he stated.
Consistently, that commitment is continuously upheld, including throughout Indonesia’s membership at the UN Security Council, he added.
“The spirit of cooperation will continue to be promoted by Indonesia. The spirit which provides mutual benefits to all parties and leave no country behind. No one no country should be left behind,” he stated.
The respect for equality was also emphasized by Indonesia’s founding father, Soekarno, during the Asia-Africa Conference in Bandung in 1955 that gave birth to the Bandung Principles, the president said.
“Until now the Bandung Principles are still relevant, including in peaceful settlement of disputes, promotion of cooperation, and respect for international law,” Joko Widodo said.
He reminded of Palestine becoming the only country attending the Bandung Conference that until present has not enjoyed its independence.
“Indonesia consistently supports Palestine to gain its rights,” he asserted.
The president said along with other ASEAN member countries, Indonesia continues to maintain South East Asia as a peaceful, stable, and prosperous region.
“On its 53rd anniversary on 8th of August 2020, ASEAN reaffirmed its commitment to continue maintaining peace and stability in the region. The same spirit of cooperation and peace was put forward by Indonesia to a wider region, the Indo-Pacific region, through the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific,” the president said.
Reporting by Indonesia Window