The Indonesian government expressed deepest condolences and sympathy on the death of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. A statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry said the government and people of Indonesia expressed its deepest condolences and sympathy on the passing of the former prime minister of the United Kingdom for the period of 1979-1990, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, on Monday. Besides her contribution to her country, the late Baroness Thatcher will always be remembered as a figure who contributed to and had influence on various international issues of her time. The ministry also said the President of the Republic of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had sent a letter of condolence on behalf of the government and people of Indonesia. Thatcher, the first and only female prime minister in Britain’s history, died on Monday following a stroke.///JP
ASEAN Secretary-general Le Luong Minh utilized his meeting with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday to ask for Indonesia’s help to address the South China Sea territorial dispute which grew more tense following China’s move to allow tourists to visit the disputed Paracel Islands. Minh, formerly Vietnamese deputy foreign minister, paid a courtesy visit to Yudhoyono at his office on Monday. It was the first formal meeting between the two leaders since Minh was inaugurated on Jan. 7. Minh told the press that he appreciated Indonesia and President Yudhoyono for the strengthening of ASEAN, especially in progress towards the ASEAN community. Minh’s meeting with Yudhoyono focuses on the establishment of the ASEAN community by 2015 and ways to reduce tension in the South China Sea, disputed by China, four ASEAN members (Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam) and Taiwan.///JP
Actuality Insert: Air Territory will become a global competition
Air Force Chief of Staff Air Marshal Ida Bagus Putu Dunia in his welcome speech at the 67th anniversary of the Indonesian Air Force at Halim Perdana Kusuma Air force Base Jakarta on Tuesday said considering the strategic environment, the air territory will be a global competition from various interest among nations. Therefore, he said the Indonesian Military must keep forward its advanced technology to anticipate the upcoming issues.
He said, “Professional and dedication must be developed along with the increasing main weaponry system both in quantity and quality because the air territory is no longer a zero territory without meaning.// However, it will become a place of interest competition in the political, global and economic defense aspects by showing advanced technology which has been developing from time to time”.
Furthermore, Ida Bagus Putu Dunia said the political power has still become a trendy issue on the global development.// According to Ida Bagus the use of military instrument is a political power instrument for diplomacy interest and bargaining power to overcome bilateral or international issues.Ahmad Faisal
Indonesian military and police chiefs to be replaced, President says
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will replace Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Admiral Agus Suhartono and Police Chief General Timur Pradopo in August or September this year, according to the Cabinet Secretariat`s official website. The TNI Commander is going to enter the retirement period. The Police Chief is in fact to retire in January next year. But, because the police head has very important tasks regarding the General Elections 2014, therefore the replacement could not be done that year, the president said in an interview with Tempo magazine last Friday, as quoted by the report on the website. The military chief would be replaced because of his retirement age, the head of state further said. ////antara
South China Sea will be a national security of Indonesia future
Air Force Chief of Staff, Air Marshal Ida Bagus Putu Dunia on his welcome speech at the 67th anniversary of the Indonesian Air Force, at Halim Perdana Kusuma Air force Base Jakarta on Tuesday said Indonesia is expected to keep watching the development issues of South china Sea in which the situation is getting alarming until now.Even, he said Indonesia has also several interest aspects in the south China Sea.
He said, "The development of South china Sea which getting more chaotic recently is one of challenges to be watched . It is because there will be future national security of Indonesia in politic, economic and defense aspects . On the other hand, the violation of national airspace committed by other foreign interest is not easy to be faced continuously”
Moreover, Air Marshal, Ida Bagus Putu Dunia explained the threat faced by Indonesia such foreign space violation is a parallel movement in the global development . Therefore, Indonesia must be able to anticipate the current issue challenges. ////Ahmad Faisal
Indonesia needs for the ASEAN community
Presidential foreign affairs spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono highlighted the importance of a rule-based ASEAN with good policy coordination. That is the fundamental condition Indonesia needs for the ASEAN community. Faizasyah acknowledged that Indonesia had been expected to play a bigger role in helping to resolve the issue. Early this year, Minh expressed his hope that ASEAN would speed up negotiations with China on a code of conduct on the South China Sea. Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa emerged as a volunteer troubleshooter with a 36-hour round of shuttle diplomacy, meeting his counterparts in the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore, which resulted in the Six-Points on the South China Sea. ASEAN Secretary-general Le Luong Minh applauded Marty’s effort to maintain ASEAN’s centrality and unity. He especially appreciated the continuation by Indonesia in the maintenance of ASEAN and the strengthening of the regional grouping../////JP
Mentawai floods displace 10,000 residents
Floods on Siberut Island, Mentawai District, West Sumatra Province, have displaced around 10,000 residents, according to a spokesperson of Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) of Mentawai Islands. Head of the BPBD Mentawai Islands Elisa Siriparang said in Tuapejat, West Sumatra on Tuesday that the floods had affected around 1,312 families in some villages in four subdistricts, namely South Siberut, North Siberut, Central Siberut and South West Siberut. However, the logistic and aid distribution to the affected region was hampered by bad weather. Thus, ships distributing staple foods from Padang might fail to sail to Mentawai Island District. The institution has also established health monitoring posts in several locations such as Mongapola Village of North Siberut and Salappa Hamlet of South Siberut to give medical services for the flood victims.////antara