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World Parliament Agrees on Bali Declaration Without Agreement from India

VOI NEWS 10.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7, 08.09.2017

World Parliament Agrees on Bali Declaration Without Agreement from India

Parliamentary representatives from 49 countries reached an agreement in the World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development held at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center, on September 6 and 7. The agreement namely the Bali Declaration contains 17 points, one of which is the settlement of the humanitarian crisis against Rohingya, in Rakhine, Myanmar. Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian House of Representatives, Fadli Zon after closing the World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development, said the Bali Declaration also mandates the role of parliament in the success of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda in 2030. He said 48 of 49 delegates have signed the Bali Declaration, except the Indian delegates.

"Of course we appreciate that standpoint due to political choices, or different perspectives in looking at the problem. At first there are also some countries which see the conflicts in their regions. They also want to put it in the agreement. So I think this is the dynamics of a forum let alone this is a parliamentary forum. Surely they have their respective standpoints. However we could achieve some kind of consensus, even though there is a note, which we also appreciated." Fadli said.

Fadli Zon said the World Parliament Forum appreciated the India's standpoints. Not only India, some countries initially rejected the Bali Declaration. But through discussions and negotiations, they softened and eventually agreed to sign the Bali Declaration. Besides India, Myanmar parliament which actually had interest in completing the humanitarian tragedy in Rakhine, was absent in this meeting. Fadli Zon said the participants the World Parliament Forum did not question it. The Bali Declaration will be brought to the ASEAN Parliamentary Assembly in Manila, 15 September 2017. (voi/hikmat/trans r)


Indonesian Army ready to send troops to Rakhine

The headquarters of the Indonesian Army (TNI AD) has expressed readiness to send its troops to Rakhine, Myanmar, in an attempt to help the Rohingya people. Head of the Army Information Department Brigadier General Alfret Denny Tuejeh noted on Thursday that until now, no command has been received from the headquarters of the Indonesian Army to send troops to Rakhine, Myanmar. The TNI AD is only preparing its troops. In addition, the Indonesian government will send humanitarian aid to Bangladesh for the Rohingya refugees whose number continues to increase. The refugees need, among other things, all-season tents, as the existing ones could no longer accommodate them. The foreign affairs ministry has prepared a list of the refugees needs that include essentials, such as tents, food, and drinking water. (Antara)

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