Egypt Asks for Indonesia’s Help in Implementing Democracy

30 March, 2011 | Source: Jakarta Globe

Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa is slated to visit Egypt next month to share Indonesia’s experiences on its successes and failures during its ongoing transition to a democracy.

photo: Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, right, walking his Australian counterpart, Kevin Rudd, prior to their meeting in Jakarta on Tuesday. Marty is expected to visit Egypt next month to share Indonesia’s experiences on its successes and failures during its ongoing transition to a democracy. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

“They have requested our assistance on the process of organizing an election and [setting up] regulations on political parties,” Marty said on Monday (28/3). “The process is ongoing now but we have to do it wisely so that it doesn’t seen seem as though we’re preaching to them.”

Speaking during a meeting with Indonesian Parliament′s Commission I for foreign relations, Marty said Tunisia had also sought the same assistance.

He said the correct approach to sharing information of the transitional process for Middle East countries was necessary to ensure that it was “measurable.”

“If we look back to 1998, we would not have wanted other countries telling us what to do regarding our democratization process here,” he said.

Marty added that a number of countries had sought to advise Egypt on its transition process, with Indonesia invited to join a Western-led group to assist Egypt in implementing democracy.

Indonesia, however, had declined the offer knowing that Egypt would not agree to it, he said.

“We used the bilateral approach, which was more acceptable and they opened up to us and invited us to come to share our experience,” he said.

“But we must ensure that we do it cautiously without giving the impression that we are lecturing them.”


 

 

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