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Sabtu, 30 Oktober 2010
Bismillahirrahmanirrahim Your Excellency Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung,Excellencies,Ladies and Gentlemen,Let me begin by expressing my deep gratitude, Mr. Chairman, for your able leadership in guiding our meetings here, to a successful conclusion.Vietnam’s chairmanship of ASEAN has made our Association stronger, and brought us closer, to our common goal of an ASEAN Community.It is a great honor for Indonesia, to take-up the baton from Vietnam, as the next Chairman of ASEAN. We do so with great pride over what ASEAN has achieved over the years, and with great optimism of what the future holds for ASEAN.For Indonesia, ASEAN has always been – and will remain - the cornerstone of our foreign policy. ASEAN is our family. Our home. Our neighborhood. Our future. Indonesia shall continue to rise together with all our ASEAN brothers – as one.ASEAN is on an upward trajectory, and we must ensure that we all remain on that upward trajectory. Nothing in life is certain. To continue to be relevant, ASEAN must be forward looking and continue to adapt, as we move forward. After all, this is how we in ASEAN have come so far, through high tide and low tide.During Indonesia’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2003, we envisioned the establishment of an ASEAN Community. We launched concerted efforts to transform ASEAN - from an association to a community of nations.As a result, our cooperation is more expansive and deeper. We have adopted an ASEAN Charter, which we are now implementing. Day-by-day, brick by brick, we lay the foundation to achieving our common goal of “one vision, one identity, and one community.” No doubt, our success in reaching this vision will forever change Southeast Asia. But our success in consolidating ASEAN Community building internally will not be enough. It is only job half done. The other side of the coin is, expanding ASEAN’s external relations with dialogue partners and beyond. Our ASEAN neighborhood simply cannot find lasting peace, nor sustainable prosperity, in a world burdened by duress and division. Our regional transformation must be coupled with global engagement.For we are living in a time of great transition. The global landscape is being reconfigured, and the world’s strategic and economic weight is shifting to the Asia-Pacific. ASEAN must be able to anticipate and, more importantly, help shape this important development. We must think hard not just about how we turn ourselves into a coherent dynamic Community, but also how that ASEAN Community will function in a rapidly evolving global arena.There is no question that, ASEAN today has been a great contribution to regional order and international cooperation. We have developed an elaborate webs of cooperation among ASEAN, and also within the Asia-Pacific and beyond. Through the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation, we have set agreed norms for peace for both ASEAN and our international partners.But there is still plenty of space for ASEAN to chart our future course. We must be better prepared to play our rightful role, to address global challenges of our time. From climate change to the global financial crisis, from terrorism to food security, from people smuggling to energy.We have to shape ASEAN’s global role because, collectively, our voice, our assets, our diplomatic networks and our constructive solution-oriented mindset are critical to international affairs. As Indonesia assumes the ASEAN Chairmanship for 2011, we know that ASEAN is already gaining speed. We therefore will accelerate the implementation of agreed commitments and consensus.We will continue to move swiftly from vision to action. From implementation to concrete results and benefits.Without doubt, we will face challenges and possible roadblocks. But we will also improvise, and find new opportunities. And we will gain new momentum.We will achieve the ASEAN Community in 2015, by implementing the three community blueprints.We will continue on our course.To strengthen ASEAN’s internal consolidation, next year we will strive to deepen our economic linkages and connectivity. We will also enhance people-to-people contacts. We will have to make sure that the notion of an ASEAN family is something that is deeply felt in the grassroots.Externally, we will expand our cooperation with dialogue partners, and thus we will ensure the centrality of ASEAN in the evolution of the Asia-Pacific regional architecture.We will pursue a regional architecture, marked by a dynamic equilibrium.At the same time, we will enhance ASEAN’s influence in the global landscape.Which is why we welcome the intention of the United States and Russia, to participate constructively in the shaping of the region’s dynamism.Indonesia’s ASEAN Chairmanship next year will bear the theme, “ASEAN Community, in a Global Community of Nations.”The theme anticipates the successful attainment of ASEAN Community in 2015. With ASEAN Community thus achieved, there arises corresponding responsibilities for ASEAN.ASEAN must enhance its collective contribution, towards addressing various global issues. A positive contribution to the global community of nations.Dear Friends and Colleagues,In closing, let us move forward in unity. Let us forge confidently ahead, on the pathway leading to the ASEAN Community and beyond.Indonesia will need your unreserved support. ASEAN needs our unreserved support.This is Indonesia’s vision of its forthcoming chairmanship. A vision that I trust – and hope - you will share. A vision that is entirely achievable. With your kind indulgence, Excellencies, following my remarks, I would like to share with you a video presentation. I hope this presentation will give you a glimpse of today’s Indonesia—where traditions persist but modernity advances; and they actually reinforce each other. Thank you. Please enjoy.