G20 Conundrum: Russia-Ukraine-Indonesia | Discovery of Bali
the Indonesian presidency of the G20which concludes with the reception of the G20 Summit end of October 2022, seeks to preserve the appearance of global economic cooperation by focusing on three main programs in the context of the continuing Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
Looking ahead to the World Summit, the three key elements that are expected to capture the attention of 6,500 delegates from 20 countries, 38 Heads of State and 60 Ministers of State are the global health architecture, digital transformation and energetic transition. These three pillars for the G20 Summit in Bali were revealed by Dian Tiansyah Djani, Special staff for strengthening priority programs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairsduring an online press conference on Thursday, March 10, 2022.
As reported by Antara State News Agency, Djani acknowledged that the sanctions imposed on Russia – a member of the group of 20 countries representing the world’s largest economies – could have a significant impact on the progress of the Summit. Djani agreed that participating delegations have the right to express their aspirations, including those related to the conflict, at the G20. According to Djani, Indonesia, as chair of the G20, adheres to the principles and mandate of the G20 to respond to any crisis in the economic sector. “In principle, each delegation has the right to express its point of view on all issues, not only on this issue (the Russian-Ukrainian conflict). Again, we will continue to focus on the G20 establishment mandate, do not lose sight,” he warned.
Continuing, Djani reminded everyone that the theme of the Bali G20 is “Recover together, recover stronger” and that Indonesia remains committed to seeking concrete and positive solutions that benefit the world. “We still have a lot of homework to do. We will always focus on the interests of the world, especially to resolve issues related to the pandemic over the past two years,” Djani said.
Quoted separately by Antara State News Agency, Winardi Hanafi Lucky, the 2nd Director for Europe at the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said: “Free and active foreign policies are not synonymous with neutral assets. Indonesia always contributes its thoughts, both in terms of concepts and actual assistance in conflict resolution. Winardi’s comments were made during a webinar held in Jakarta on Friday, March 11, 2022, titled “The Russian-Ukrainian Crisis: The Role and Position of Indonesia and ASEAN.”
Winardi insists that Indonesia has the right to form independent positions that support the country’s national interest while adhering to a code of respect among all nations. He added that Indonesia would continue to use its strength and influence to end hostilities and see all sides lay down their arms.
Referring specifically to Russia and Ukraine, Winardi believes the best step in the current situation is to de-escalate the conflict to the point where negotiations can effectively be conducted and humanitarian solutions found. He also called on the Indonesian public to be cautious and wise in observing developments in Ukraine and avoid fostering disagreements among the Indonesian people. Addition: The Indonesian public must remain united and preserve national sovereignty.
Winardi concluded by saying that Indonesia has friendly relations with Russia and Ukraine.
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