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Cablegate: Indonesia Icao Council Part Iii Candidacy

VZCZCXRO8983
RR RUEHCHI RUEHDT RUEHHM
DE RUEHJA #2596 2600651
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 170651Z SEP 07
FM AMEMBASSY JAKARTA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 6284
RUEHGP/AMEMBASSY SINGAPORE 6155
INFO RUEHZS/ASEAN COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS JAKARTA 002596

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR EB/TRA AND EAP/MTS
DEPT FOR IO/T
DEPT PASS FAA NATIONAL HQ DC
DEPT FOR TSA HQ DC
MONTREAL FOR U.S.MISSION TO ICAO

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAIR ECON ETRD ID
SUBJECT: INDONESIA ICAO COUNCIL PART III CANDIDACY


1. (U) Post transmits the official correspondence from the
Indonesian Department of Foreign Affairs regarding its request for
support for its candidacy on the Council of the International Civil
Aviation Organization (ICAO) Part III for the 2007-2010 time period.
Please see the unofficial translation of the letter below.

UNOFFICIAL TRANSLATION

The Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia
presents its compliments to the Embassy of the United States of
America and has the honor to remind the latter of the Government of
Indonesia's request for the valuable support of United States of
America for Indonesia's candidature to the Council of International
Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Part III for the period of
2007-2010, at the elections to be held during the 36th General
Assembly of ICAO in September 2007.

The Government of the Republic of Indonesia views that air transport
services are crucial to economic development and the improvement of
living standards, particularly if viewed from the perspective of
geographical and demographic challenges. Indonesia has a population
of more than 220 million people spread over a vast archipelago of
17,000 islands. In concordance with Indonesia's current and
forecasted economic growth, the scheduled passenger traffic is
expected to continue growing from the total passenger traffic in
2006 of 34 million passengers. Therefore the Government is
constrained to develop air transport infrastructure more thoroughly
than roads and railways. Air transport infrastructures are needed to
continue open up Indonesia's markets and thus provide its citizens
with access to trade, human resources, natural resources and
products.

Nevertheless, Indonesia shares the view that it is imperative to
create an environment in which international air transport may
develop and flourish in an economical manner without risking or
compromising safety and security. Thus, Indonesia understands the
great importance of reforming the state of its aviation,
particularly in the field of safety and security.

In this regard, during the recent Strategic Aviation Safety Summit
in Bali, the Government of Indonesia and ICAO have made a
groundbreaking declaration in which Indonesia committed itself to
wide ranging action for improving the safety of its civil aviation
system and ICAO will lend the necessary support to ensure the
implementations.

To foster the healthy growth of Indonesia's civil aviation, the
Government of Indonesia also understands the importance of engaging
a larger multilateral cooperation in the field of aviation. Hence,
Indonesia attaches great importance to being a member on the Council
of ICAO. The Government believes that through membership on the
council, Indonesia can play a responsible and constructive role in
the sustainable development of a safe and secure international civil
aviation.

The Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia
avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Embassy of the
United States of America the assurances of its highest
consideration.

September 6, 2007

Embassy of the United States of America
Jakarta

HUME

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