UN Secretary-General Appreciates Indonesia's Contribution to Rakhine State

New York, USA: "The UN Secretary-General appreciates Indonesia's contribution and cooperation with the UN so far in maintaining global peace and stability," said Foreign Minister, Retno L.P. Marsudi, after a meeting with the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday (26/9).

On this occasion, Foreign Minister Retno explained about marathon diplomacy for humanity during her visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh in early September.

Furthermore, Minister Retno and the UN Secretary General brainstormed the solution of the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State. It was conveyed the importance of international world to help the refugees crisis both in Rakhine State and on the border. "It is important for the international community to help solving the problem of refugees," she said.

Furthermore, Foreign Minister Retno also conveyed the development of Myanmar issues discussion in ASEAN. "The Chair of ASEAN has issued a Chair's Statement on the Rakhine State issue, at an informal meeting last weekend, which showed ASEAN's concern to humanitarian issues at Rakhine State and ASEAN's readiness through the AHA Center to channel assistance," she explained.

In this meeting, the Indonesian Foreign Minister also conveyed the needs for efforts to stop the tensions between people who currently tend to increase. This tension has slowed down the distribution of assistance for those in need. To help address this issue, Indonesia will use the path of religious and community leaders to help easing the tensions.

At the end of the meeting, the Indonesian Foreign Minister also affirmed Indonesia's support for UN reformation. Indonesia thinks that the reformation as absolutely necessary. "The world challenges have become increasingly complex, which require a lively and responsive UN, so that Indonesia expects the UN Secretary-General can advance this reform effort," she concluded.

Antonio Guterres has become the UN Secretary-General since January 1, 2017. Prior to that, Antonio Guterres was the UNHCR High Commissioner in charge of refugee issues. The UN secretary general, who is also a former Portuguese prime minister, succeeded the former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who originated from the Republic of Korea. (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs)