Every country would want a conducive atmosphere in living the life of nation and state, therefore every country with all the strength and ability as much as possible seeks to create peace so that the whole country can establish a harmonious cooperation for the welfare of its citizens. It is also demonstrated by Indonesia which has an ideological foundation to create world peace which is stated in the preamble of the 1945 Constitution in Paragraph 4. Based on that ideology principle, Indonesia has an important role in maintaining world peace which currently Indonesia plays an important role in creating peace on the Korean peninsula.
Indonesia’s role in supporting peace on the Korean peninsula has begun in October 2013 when former South Korean President Park Geun-Hye made a state visit at the Merdeka Palace on October 12, 2013 and was greeted by former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
At the G to G (Government to Government) meeting at that time, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye appreciated Indonesia’s initiative to carry out a peace conflict between South Korea and North Korea on the Korean peninsula. Moreover, Indonesia wants a favorable cooperation process in the regional context of Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific.
“I express my appreciation to President Yudhoyono who has played a special attention to the Korean peninsula and supports the fast building process and initiative for peace and cooperation,” Park Geun-Hye said at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Saturday (12/10).
On the commitment to support peace in Korea, Indonesia under Joko Widodo’s leadership continued Indonesia’s consistency in playing an active role in becoming a mediator between South Korea and North Korea. Not without reason Indonesia took a role in the peace process on the Korean peninsula, Indonesia is one of the ASEAN leader countries with a background of historical relations and good relations with North Korea since the reign of President Sukarno. Then through the ASEAN + 1 forum, Indonesia can be a key player in the settlement of the crisis on the Korean Peninsula.
At its peak on April 28, 2018, for the first time South Korean President Moon Jae In and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a meeting in the Panmunjom region which was also the first time a North Korean leader crossed the border and entered South Korea for 65 years after the truce weapons in 1953.
The meeting, of course, brings great hope for the South Korean and North Koreans, given the long-running cold war of the two nations. The high-level conference (KKT) held in Panmunjom was the third meeting after the summit was held in 2000 and 2007, and for the first time held in South Korea. President Moon Jae In and Kim Jong Un jointly signed a statement stating that the two agreed to end the inter-Korean cold war later this year.
Certainly, this historic event is good news for all countries involved in the peace process on the Korean peninsula, especially in Indonesia. The Indonesian government welcomes this historic moment by inviting ambassadors from South Korea Kim Chang-Beom and North Korea An Kwang Il at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Monday (30/4/2018) to discuss peace in the Korean Peninsula. Jokowi confessed, has been briefed on the follow-up of the historic meeting between North Korean President Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-In. In fact, according to him, Indonesia will fully support that the peace process continues into a deal that could affect peace in Asia and the rest of the world.
Prior to this meeting, South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia, Cho Tai-young, considered that Indonesia had an important role in the resolution of the crisis on the Korean peninsula. South Korea (South Korea) stated that Indonesia is one of the important countries in helping solve the problems with North Korea (North Korea). One of the reasons is that Indonesia has a strong relationship with two Koreas. “Thank you for the support and attention we have given Indonesia, hopefully in the future, there will be cooperation between the two countries,” he said on Wednesday (24/1/2018).
This was conveyed during a press conference at the South Korean Embassy, South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia, Cho Tai-young said some time ago the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed good remarks on the improved relations between Korea and North Korea. South Korea also greatly appreciate what is conveyed by Indonesia.
In his meeting with the two Korean ambassadors, President Joko Widodo also invited the two countries to attend the Asian Games 2018 held in Jakarta and Palembang.
On the occasion of the meeting, Jokowi handed over three Asian Games 2018 mascots to Kim Chang and An Kwang, Bhin Bhin, Atung and Kaka. An Kwang, in an interview session welcomed the invitation. As in the declaration Panmunjom, South Korea and North Korea, he continued, both countries have agreed to increase cooperation in the field of sports.
“The two Koreas are very committed to join and participate in the 2018 Asian Games. We look forward to working-level discussions between South Korea and North Korea next month,” An Kwang said. “We will approach Inasgoc on how to participate together in the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang,” he continued.