Foreign Minister: Indonesia Continues to Initiate for Refugee Management

04 April, 2011 | Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Indonesia’s initiative first introduced in 2002 to seek the solution to the problem of people smuggling, trafficking in persons and related transnational crimes was gaining momentum with the introduction of various concerted schemes in the region

This was marked by a number of agreements achieved in the Co-Chair Statement at the end of the Fourth Bali Process Meeting.

It was stated by Dr. Marty M. Natalegawa, the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Joint Press Conference with his counterpart, the Australian Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd and the Australian Minister of Immigration and Citizenship, Christ Bowen, Wednesday (30/3) evening in Nusa Dua, Bali.

The two-day Meeting from 29-30 March 2011 was attended by 18 high-ranking officials at ministerial level from 44 countries and observers from international organizations.

In his remarks, the Indonesian Foreign Minister said that human migration, the victim of various crises in the world, has created a flow of refugees and human trafficking and in turn has created organized criminal acts that must be confronted together by all concerned parties in the region. Hence, the Bali Process would continue to evolve to find a common solution for the countries in the region and to reduce the number of victims of this humanitarian crimes.

Responding to a question on the arrest of Umar Patek in Pakistan, who was regarded as one of the brain behind the Bali bombing, Minister Natalegawa commented that besides apprehending an alleged terrorist it was also important to ensure that the following trial process would be able uncover the terrorist activities and their networks.

On the other hand, Minister Rudd commented on the increasing number of people who became the victims of events that force them to migrate to other parts of the world. This condition underlined the need for regional cooperation between the refugees’ country of origin, country of transit and the refugees’ country of destination. In this regard, Minister Rudd delivered his appreciation to Indonesia’s role in this issue, specifically the role of Minister Natalegawa as the initiator and facilitator of the Bali Process.

As for providing a processing center for the refugees, the Indonesian Foreign Minister stated that Bali Process does not contain any provision that obliges or binds any country in the region to provide a location for refugees’ processing center. A country willingness to provide such a processing center for refugees would be voluntary and based solely on humanitarian reasons.

 

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