Jakarta willing to help end insurgency
- Published: 10/07/2013 at 03:58 PM
- Online news:
Indonesia is willing to help Thailand find a solution to insurgency problem in the southern border region, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said on Wednesday.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa talks to the press during his private visit to the country at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand on July 10, 2013. (Photo by Pawat Ladphaisarntaksin)
The minister stressed that Jakarta will not make any move to become involved unless it is formally invited to take part in the process by the Thai government.
"Our position is clear. We are ready to share our lessons learned from our own experience, but only in an appropriated way and only when asked by Thailand," he told a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand.
"We could be part of a solution. We don't have to be in the [negotiating] room, but we are out there in an appropriate manner," added Mr Marty, who was on his way from Jakarta to Vientiane.
The National Security Council has secretly approached Indonesia to assist with peace talks with southern insurgent groups, in addition to Malaysia, which facilitates the dialogue negotiations between Thailand and the Barisan Revolusi Nasiona (BRN)l.
But Thailand has not formally asked Jakarta for help.
Indonesia was brought in to solve a border conflict between Thailand and Cambodia when it was chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in 2011. It has experience in bringing about peace in Aceh by signing a peace agreement with the Free Aceh movement in 2005 after 29 years of fighting, he said.
Indonesia could share the experience in solving the conflict in Thailand, he added.
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