President Widodo calls for immediate halt to Myanmar violence

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) called for an immediate halt to violence in Myanmar and the restoration of democracy in the country at the ASEAN leaders’ meeting on Saturday. “The development of the situation in Myanmar is something unacceptable and must not continue. Violence must be stopped, and democracy, stability, and peace must be restored in Myanmar soon,” Widodo said during a press conference at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta . Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Economic Affairs Coordinating Minister Airlangga Hartarto, and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung accompanied the President at…

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ASEAN reaches five-point consensus on ending Myanmar crisis

ASEAN leaders have reached a consensus on handling the political crisis in Myanmar following a military coup against the country’s democratically elected government in February this year. “We recognize ASEAN’s positive and constructive role in facilitating (a) peaceful solution in the interests of the Myanmar people and their livelihood, for which we endorse the five-point consensus,” the ASEAN chairman said in a statement issued at the end of the ASEAN leaders’ meeting in Jakarta on Saturday. The five-point consensus calls for an immediate halt to violence in Myanmar and for…

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House speaker appeals rescuers to evacuate KRI Nanggala-402’s sailors

House of Representatives (DPR) Speaker Puan Maharani has appealed to all parties involving in a search mission to do their utmost endeavors to locate Indonesia’s KRI Nanggala-402, and evacuate 53 sailors on board. “Our best prayers are with all patriots on board of the KRI Nanggala-402. May the submarine be located, and all sailors on board are found alive,” she said in a press statement that ANTARA quoted in Jakarta on Sunday. She voiced her deep concern over the sinking of this Indonesian Navy’s submarine in waters north of Bali…

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Soldiers in Papua join mass prayers for safety of KRI Nanggala-402

Tens of army personnel and civil servants at the 1707/Merauke District Military Command in Papua Province conducted a prayer for the safety of 53 sailors on board of sinking KRI Nanggala-402 on Saturday. “We say our prayers for the safety of all sailors on board,” Commander of the 1707/Merauke District Military Command Lt.Col.Muh.Rois said in a statement that ANTARA received here Sunday. The mass prayer was also joined by members of the army personnel and civil servants’ families. For Muslims, they conducted their prayers at the military compound’s mosque while…

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Security personnel challenged to secure Papua’s PON National Games

Papua Province braces for the convening of PON National Games in October this year in the midst of security threats posed by armed Papuan criminals in several districts. Over these past four months, Papua has borne the brunt of a string of violent attacks by the armed groups targeting civilians in such districts as Puncak and Intan Jaya. The armed groups often employ hit-and-run tactics against Indonesian security personnel, while they unleash acts of terror against civilians to instill a sense of fear among the people. Among the victims of…

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Jokowi, Hun Sen hold bilateral talks following ASEAN Summit

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) held a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister of Cambodia Hun Sen after attending the ASEAN Leaders Meeting here on Saturday. Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi said the meeting was held at the Multipurpose Room of the ASEAN Secretariat Building. Marsudi said the two leaders exchanged ideas on how to improve bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Jokowi raised four issues during the bilateral meeting. “First, regarding health cooperation, the President emphasized the importance of multilateral vaccine support for equal access to vaccines for all countries.…

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