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Thursday, 09 December 2010
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H.E. DR. R.M. MARTY M. NATALEGAWA
MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA
AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF
THE THIRD BALI DEMOCRACY FORUM
BALI, INDONESIA, 9 DESEMBER 2010
Your Excellency, President of the Republic of Indonesia Dr. H. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono,
Your Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam,
Your Excellency President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea,
Your Excellency Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste,
Excellencies Ministers and Distinguished Delegates to the Third Bali Democracy Forum,
Excellencies Ministers, Members of the Cabinet of the Republic of Indonesia,
Your Honour the Governor of Bali and Officials of the Provincial Government of Bali
Ladies and Gentlemen,
By the grace of Allah Almighty, we gather here once more to fulfill our commitment to democratic and humanitarian values and to vigorously serve the welfare of our peoples.
Mr. President, with your permission I wish to bid a warm welcome to all delegations attending the Third Bali Democracy Forum to this Island of the Gods.It is an honour and also responsibility for Indonesia to be the initiator and host of this Forum. Thus Indonesia demonstrates its commitment, as a member of the international community, to persevering in the promotion of democratic values. This assembly is honoured that President Yudhoyono has agreed to deliver the opening speech and officially open this Forum. We are also privileged that His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, His Excellency President Lee Myung-bak and His Excellency Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao are gracing this ceremony with their presence.
Distinguished Delegates,I am pleased to report that the Third Bali Democracy Forum in its development has been further consolidated as part of architecture of democracy in Asian region. The Second Bali Democracy Forum was attended by representatives of 35 participating countries and 13 observers. This year we have in attendance representatives of 42 participating countries and 29 observers.Last year’s Bali Democracy Forum saw the attendance of three Heads of State or Government and eight Ministers. This year we are honoured with the presence of three Heads of State or Government and 29 at the level of Ministers. It reflects at least two things. First, democracy is making progress in Asian and Pacific countries. Second, it demonstrates clearly that the countries of Asia and the Pacific are deeply committed to democratic values. Democratic values of inclusiveness, equality and open participation by all the people.Democratic values that are universal but emerging and growing from the aspirations of the people. Your Excellency President Yudhoyono and Distinguished Guests, The Bali Democracy Forum has entered its third year.As you are aware, the Bali Democracy Forum is an intergovernmental forum for the Asian region. Since its inception in 2008, this Forum has been consistent in promoting an intergovernmental platform for the sharing of experiences and best practices on democracy. This Forum is also aimed at fostering cooperation among nations in the advancement of democracy in the region.In its first year, the theme was focused on the endeavours of the regional countries to adopt democracy as a strategic agenda of the Asian region. In its second year, this Forum concentrated on efforts to synergize democracy and development and the on the prospects for cooperation in the region.For democracy paves the way to the achievement of the people’s welfare. Thus the Forum agreed that democracy and development can go hand in hand. In fact, in a democratic system, the people can enjoy more equitably distributed prosperity.The theme for this year’s Forum is “Democracy and the Promotion of Peace and Stability.” In the discussions in the next two days, the Forum will explore in depth how a democratic system can create and provide peace and political stability, so that people can live with confidence in their security.This theme reflects our common commitment to ensuring that democracy brings concrete benefits to the people.Your Excellency President Yudhoyono and Distinguished Guests, On this auspicious occasion, I also have the honour to report several programmes and activities that were carried out after the Second Bali Democracy Forum.With the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD) as the implementing agency of this Forum, we pursued various international activities. These include seminars, public lectures, workshops and training, researches, internship programmes, and electoral visits to countries in Asia and the Pacific, particularly the Philippines, Japan and Australia.These trainings, researches and electoral visits involved state officials from the Asia-Pacific region. They were aimed at enhancing cooperation and the capacity to promote democracy, particularly in countries that have just adopted democratic values and developed democratic institutions.I should also like to use this opportunity to convey our sincere appreciation for the support and cooperation of donor countries and partners in the implementation of these programmes.This is in line with our sincere and robust partnership to promote democratic values in the region.This is also in accordance with our common commitment to ensuring that democratic values will bring benefits can be felt by all the people. Democratic values that can create peace, prevent conflicts, resolve conflicts through dialogue and reconciliation, as well as achieve political stability and security at the national, regional and global levels.In closing, we invite you, Mr. President, to give your opening remarks and officially open the Third Bali Democracy Forum.Thank you so much.May the peace and blessings and munificence of Allah be upon you.