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Cablegate: Indonesian Reaction to the Secretary's Speech On

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TAGS: PREL ECIN ASEAN APEC ARF ID
SUBJECT: INDONESIAN REACTION TO THE SECRETARY'S SPEECH ON
ASIA-PACIFIC MULTILATERALISM

REF: A. STATE 3946
B. STATE 2965

1. (SBU) As requested reftels, poloff delivered points on
Asia-Pacific multilateralism and Secretary Clinton's January
12 speech at a January 15 meeting with Arto Suryodipuro,
Deputy Director for APEC of the Department of Foreign Affairs
(DEPLU) Directorate of Intra-Regional Cooperation in Asia
Pacific and Africa, and Siti Sofia Sudarma of DEPLU's
Directorate General of ASEAN Cooperation.

2. (SBU) In response, Suryodipuro said the GOI appreciated
the message of the Secretary's speech, particularly the
reaffirmation of American commitment to a strong role in
Asia. DEPLU and FM Natalegawa encouraged and would continue
to support a deeper role for the United States in regional
institutions. Looking to the possibility of new regional
institutions or groupings, Suryodipuro noted that the GOI
wished to maintain the centrality of ASEAN (and ASEAN-related
groupings such as the ARF and ASEAN 3). The issue of
sequencing would also be key to ensure that any new summit-
or ministerial-level gatherings would be timed so that the
desired participants could actually attend. On a related
subject, the GOI was in the process of formulating its views
on the potential for APEC expansion as the end of the
moratorium on new members approache, and hoped to discuss the
issue with the USG in the near future.

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3. (SBU) Sudarma said ASEAN was still in the process of
building a regional community, and it was important that new
institutions not have a negative impact on that process.
Additionally, the structure of any new regional institutions
should follow functional needs and serve a specific purpose.
The GOI had not yet taken a stance on Australia's
Asia-Pacific Community proposal or Japan's East Asia
Community concept and looked forward to a continued exchange
of opinions with the United States and other counterparts.
The Secretary's speech provided a good basis for those
discussions.

4. (U) To date, the Indonesian media and civil society have
not yet taken up the Secretary's speech. We expect reaction
will be forthcoming as the Indonesian public has a chance to
digest the content of the speech and will continue to monitor
and report on response. Jakarta PAS has distributed the full
text to some 20 media contacts.
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