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Jakarta Post

Presidential hopefuls outline foreign policy

  • Erwida Maulia and Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 4 2009   /  11:22 am

Referring to the old adage si vis pacem para bellum, presidential hopeful Jusuf Kalla called on the nation to be prepared for war to maintain the country’s sovereignty over the Ambalat waters while pursuing the constitutional imperative of creating world peace. Somewhat similar to Kalla’s statement, incumbent President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono stressed upon the conclusion of his foreign visit to South Korea on Tuesday that he would not negotiate on the country’s ownership of the water territory. Kalla, who is paired with Wiranto with the campaign slogan "the faster the better," said that, if elected, they would consistently deploy a free, active foreign policy. Spokesman for the JK-Win campaign team Yuddy Chrisnandy said Kalla’s platform on foreign policy would be implemented with strong national leadership. “We must take a proactive role in creating...