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Jakarta to develop ‘ASEAN diplomatic zone’

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 29 2012   /  08:21 am

The Jakarta administration says it will develop Kebayoran Baru in South Jakarta into a long-awaited special zone for diplomatic affairs to support ambassadors to the ASEAN in the capital.

“So far, the diplomatic zone we have [in Jakarta] is in Kuningan. We realize that a specific area for diplomatic matters is needed, thus, with the presence of the ASEAN Secretariat here [in Kebayoran Baru], we think that this area should be developed,” Izhar Chaidir, the head of spatial planning for the Jakarta Development Planning Agency, said on Monday.

Jakarta has long been considered the informal capital of ASEAN, a geopolitical and economic organization of 10 nations in the Southeast Asian region, as it hosts the organization’s secretariat on Jl. Sisingamangaraja in Kebayoran Baru.

Currently, 33 nations, including nations with large economies such as the US, the UK, Germ...