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Jakarta Post

ASEAN reconciliation, peace body up and running

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 2 2018   /  01:10 am

Six years after the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) was officially established during the bloc’s 21st summit in Cambodia, the organization was finally made operational on Thursday.

Marking the start of the AIPR’s activities was the signing of a Host Country Agreement by Jose Tavares, who represented Indonesia as the Foreign Ministry’s director general for ASEAN affairs, and the AIPR’s first director general, Rezlan Ishar Jenie, who was appointed to that post in October last year.

According to an ASEAN press release, the AIPR’s Governing Council held its first meeting in Jakarta in December 2013 to discuss, among other things, the AIPR’s work plan and the design of a reporting mechanism, but it took several more years for ASEAN’s slow consensus-building process to accept Indonesia’s offer to host the AIPR secretariat and pay the initial co...