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Jakarta Post

Indonesia introduces informal ‘sofa talk’

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 14 2019   /  02:07 am

During its month-long presidency at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) last month, Indonesia attempted to initiate the so-called “sofa talk” meeting as a new working method to find common ground between opposing views on various controversial issues in the United Nation (UN) body.The Foreign Ministry’s multilateral cooperation director general, Febrian A. Ruddyard, said the sofa talk platform invited representatives of each member country to meet periodically for an informal meeting to talk about “anything under the sun” that could be discussed at the security council.“Sofa talk is an informal consultation between permanent representatives of UNSC member countries on a sofa without any special agenda or meeting records,” he told reporters in a briefing in Jakarta on Tuesday.After being elected as a UNSC non-permanent member last year, Indonesia assumed its first pre...