Jakarta, 10 Januari 2003
Japan, EU, US and The World Bank to Visit Aceh in Support of Aceh
Peace Agreement and Reconstruction
The Japanese Ambassador to
Indonesia Yutaka Iimura, the U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Ralph L. Boyce,
the Italian Ambassador to Indonesia Franscesco Maria Greco, representing
the European Union, and The World Bank Country Director Andrew Steer will
travel to Aceh from January 13-15, 2003. This visit is to demonstrate the
international community's support for the ongoing peace process between
the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement, the cessation of
hostilities monitoring system and post-conflict reconstruction in Aceh.
Following the Tokyo Preparatory
Conference on Peace and Reconstruction in Aceh, which was co-sponsored by
the U.S., Japan, The World Bank, and the European Union in Tokyo on
December 3, 2002, and the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement on December 9
last year. This senior-level delegation would like to hear directly from
the local government and the Acehnese people about the implementation of
the agreement and prospects for reconstruction and development in Aceh in
the immediate post-conflict period.
Donors participating in the
December Tokyo conference agreed that a coordinated approach to donor
support for Aceh would make for more effective use of aid. Donors have
also agreed that development assistance should support and deepen the Aceh
agreement. This will be further discussed in the Meeting of the
Consultative Group on Indonesia (CGI) on January 21-22, 2003. For this
very reason, the co-chairs of the Tokyo conference will conduct a
multi-donor visit to Aceh to further assess the development needs in the
province on January 13-15.
The small delegation will be
led by the Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs, and
will include the Country Director of the World Bank and the Ambassadors of
the United States, Japan, and Italy -representing the European Union.
In the lead up to this visit,
several missions have been deployed to Aceh in assessing the various needs
to support the peace process, especially from a development perspective.
Experience around the world shows a very powerful two-way relationship
between the restoration of peace and economic development. The arrival of
peace can immediately improve the environment for development. And
economic development, itself, can help secure and deepen the peace. The
missions were grouped into five major categories, respectively focusing on
issues relating to humanitarian transition, post conflict aid, community
development programs, governance and public planning, and the restoration
of social and economic infrastructure.
A press conference with the
delegation will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2003 (8:00 a.m. WIB) at
the Hotel Kuala Tripa, Banda Aceh.
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