REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, TOKYO -- Vice President Jusuf Kalla said as a non permanent member of the U.N. Security Council Indonesia will give priority to preserving world peace. Indonesia has been elected as new non permanent member of the Security Council defeating the Maldives in a voting in the United National Assembly.
"The focus is certainly world peace. The Indonesian attention would be maintain world's stability and peace," Kalla said here on Monday.
Indonesia has been concerned with a number of conflicts in various parts of the world such as in Afghanistan, reconciliation in the Korean peninsula, and Rohingya issue, he said. A meeting between North Korea and South Korea was a big progress toward reconciliation, he said.
"Our effort in Afganistan is also expected to bear fruit. What has happened is being discussed at the United Nations," he said.
He said Indonesia was reelected non permanent member of the Security Council because Indonesia was believed to be able to contribute to peace efforts in the world.
In Jakarta, an Indonesian University Professor of international law, Hikmahanto Juwana, said Indonesia would have a number of benefits from being a non-permanent member of the Security Council. The position would enable the country to be more active in helping maintain world peace.
"In line with its Constitution, Indonesia could be more active and take part in preserving world peace," Hikmahanto said.
Indonesia, which always spoke strongly for full independence for Palestine, could directly bring the issue up at the Security Council, he said.
"If the United Nations and the Security Council are reformed, it is not impossible that Indonesia is seen by the world as deserving a seat among the permanent members of the Security Council," Hikmahanto remarked.