Jakarta – Indonesia will use Nauru’s Independence Day celebration to convince South Pacific countries to support its campaign to be a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Indonesia wants to be a member of the council in the 2019 to 2020 period.
Coordinating Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto left Jakarta for Nauru on Monday (29/1) evening to attend Nauru’s 50th anniversary of Independence Day on Wednesday (31/01).
Wiranto will also separately meet other leaders attending the ceremony, such as those of Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu and Tonga.
“Indonesia’s government always takes every opportunity to enhance support for Indonesia’s candidacy to be a non-permanent UNSC member,” the Foreign Ministry’s director general for Asia-Pacific and African affairs, Desra Percaya, told The Jakarta Post on Monday.
During the visit, Wiranto is to discuss several other issues that have “become common concerns,” Desra said.
They include climate change, illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and the possibility of enhancing cooperation on capacity building, as well as economics and trade.
Wiranto’s visit to Nauru was a reply to a request from Nauruan President Baron Divavesi Waqa, who attended the 10th Bali Democracy Forum in South Tangerang, Banten, in December 2017.
“Aside from enhancing friendly relations with Pacific countries and bolstering issues that concern us, this visit is also part of Indonesia’s diplomacy to show our presence in the Pacific,” he said.
The measures, he said, were taken to not only show respect and understanding toward other coutries, but also to “result a concrete agreement that is essential for both countries.”