Indonesia offers to mend tension on Korean peninsula

Jakarta – Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa said on Wednesday that the nation offered ways to pass on messages and idea between North and South Korea in a bid to build up new dynamism in creating peace on the Korean peninsula.

The offer was conveyed during Marty’s meeting with the visiting foreign minister of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Ri Su Yong in his office here.

“Communication now can be conducted in various ways. The most important thing is to demonstrate good intention. They want their idea to be conveyed to. Should it is responded well by the other side, it may create a new order and new dynamism,” the Indonesian foreign affairs minister said.

Thanks to its past and present experiences, Marty added that Indonesia has good relationship with countries involved in Six Party Talks, an international group of six countries consisted of the United States, China, the DPRK, South Korea, Japan and Russia discussing the North Korean nuclear weapon program.

Marty added that it would be useful if Indonesia is able to optimize high trusts of countries partaking in the Six Party Talks to subdue tension that whelming in the area.

“If you look at security architecture in North East Asia, the issues that have been followed by all of us were nuclear proliferation, ballistic missile launch and military exercises. Those kinds of things are very important,” Marty said, referring to problems lingering in the six-party talks, whose process now has been stalled following North Korea’s announcement to pullout from the talks in 2009 and continues its nuclear enhancement for deterrent purpose.

Marty pointed out Indonesia’s offer to enhance communication between the DPRK and South Korea should not alter the existing process in Six Party Talks.

“Now the most important thing is to break the stalemate, how to change its ways. It takes ways to reset the small things so as to reach big things,” the minister said.

Marty said that the most essential thing to do now is how to make the DPRK and South Korea capable to establish communication with good intention, without having to leave their positive principles.

“I think North and South Korea, just like any other countries in East Asia, need peace, not conflicts,” the minister said.

During his first visit to Indonesia, DPRK Foreign Affairs Minister Ri Su Yong also had a meeting with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Source: Xinhua