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Jakarta Post

RI told to be active in alleviating Korean tensions

  • Mustaqim Adamrah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 27 2010   /  10:33 am

Experts have urged the Indonesian government to be proactive and take an immediate action toward the escalating dispute gripping the Korean peninsula as the issue may eventually affect the country’s economy.University of Indonesia international relations expert Hariyadi Wirawan said Wednesday although a “military war” was unlikely, Indonesia should take up the role of mediator to calm the rhetoric between the two Koreas.“Our foreign policy is not only being neutral, but also free and active. [Meaning Indonesia should be] active in peacemaking and [helping create] global order,” he told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.The Indonesian government, however, seems to be in limbo as to how to respond, and faces a lack of initiatives to offer during any peace talks, Hariyadi said.The ongoing dispute on the peninsula would harm Indonesia’s economy because the matter also concerned some ...