March 11, 2010

Statement by H.E. Mr. Dian Triansyah Djani, Permanent Representative of Indonesia, at the Plenary Session of the Conference on Disarmament

Mr. President,

As this is the first time that I am taking the floor under your wise and able presidency, permit me to express our appreciation for the efforts that you and your colleagues in the P-6 have undertaken in trying to forge consensus and to find solution. We would like to thank you for the proposal under CD/WP.559.

We think that your proposal is a good basis for us to continue consultation in advancing a programme of work. In our understanding and our expectation what needs to be done in the future is to ensure that there is balance in the discussion of the four core issues so as to achieve our main quest of achieving a world free from nuclear weapons.

As a member of NAM and G-21, for Indonesia, nuclear disarmament has always been our main priority and we would like to see continuous efforts are undertaken in this regard. Moreover, we also attach great importance to the issue of negative security assurances and we would like to see substantive work commence in this issue. We also are cognizant of the importance of ensuring that work are undertaken on Fissile Material Treaty that covers verification programme and the issue of stockpiling so as to ensure that we not only address the issue of proliferation but also disarmament.

Mr. President,

I also welcome the previous statements today. What we have done in this chamber is sometimes not clear to the wider public. And thus for Indonesia, we see the importance of opening the CD to more public engagement and scrutiny. We welcome the CD for having the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom last Tuesday as a first good step. We feel that we should continue this excellent practice to invite civil society to become more engaged. More transparency should be the norm and not the exception. We should not be shy.

Finally, I would like to once again stress my delegations full support to you, Mr. President and experts our readiness to continue consultations on this proposal provided by you and we would like to appeal to all in this room to show more flexibility and goodfaith so that we can move forward and to remind ourselves of the responsibility we have towards the international community.

It is quite a pity and shameful that 3 months have past from the start of this year’s schedule, and we cannot even agree on a programme of work that is satisfactory to all members. Although we represent national governments, I would also like to underline and remind colleagues that we as a group in CD also represent the international community and human beings at large that are concerned on the threat of nuclear weapons.

Thank you

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