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Indonesia demands enforcement of international law in UN speech

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 18, 2018   /   09:19 pm
Indonesia demands enforcement of international law in UN speech Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi speaks at the UN General Assembly in New York on Sept. 19, 2017. (Courtesy of the Foreign Ministry/file)

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi called for the enforcement of international law in her speech at the UN Security Council (UNSC) open debate in New York on Thursday local time.

“The law protects the weak and, more importantly, prevents ‘the mighty takes all’ approach,” she said at the UN headquarters.

Speaking in front of 15 UNSC member states, Retno said it was important to uphold and implement international laws and resolutions.

“Take resolutions on Palestine, for example. Many security council resolutions on Palestine have not been implemented,” the minister said.

The open debate was attended by 12 ministerial officials and representatives from 74 UN member countries. It was held under the rotating presidency of the UNSC, which is currently chaired by Poland.

Retno held a bilateral meeting with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius on the sidelines of the event.

She also met with Finnish Representative to the UN Kai Sauer to discuss bilateral preparations in co-hosting the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation meeting in Helsinki this June.

Retno is scheduled to travel to Georgetown, Guyana, for a bilateral meeting with Guyanese Foreign Minister Carl B. Greenidge and pay a courtesy visit to Guyana President David A. Granger. She will also meet with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) secretary-general Irwin LaRocque.

From Guyana, Retno will head to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for G20 and MIKTA Foreign Ministers meetings. She is also scheduled to visit Lima, Peru, for a bilateral meeting with Peruvian Foreign Minister Víctor Ricardo Luna Mendoza. (ebf)