11 Jun 2018

Indonesia vows to be responsible on Security Council

3:17 pm on 11 June 2018

Indonesia has been elected from the Asia-Pacific Group as a non-permanent member on the United Nations Security Council.

The world's largest Muslim country secured its place following a run-off with the Maldives for the Group's seat.

PNG Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato (right) talking to his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi.

Indonesia has increased its engagement with Pacific Islands countries in recent years. Here, its Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi talks with Papua New Guinea counterpart Rimbink Pato Photo: Supplied

Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said her country would work towards creating a global eco-system of peace and stability, combatting terrorism and radicalism.

"We will continue to advocate for greater transparency and accountability. We will always make ourselves available and accessible to all members, to listen to their concern and expectations and bring those voices to the council," Ms Marsudi said.

The Minister said among the priorities of Indonesia's work on the council would be "advancing peacekeeping and peacebuilding as well as women-enhanced roles therein."

She said Indonesia would also look to "promote greater engagement and synergies between the council and regional organisations in conflict prevention".

"We will do our utmost to represent the interests of 193 member states to the best of our abilities. We are fully aware of the great responsibilities shouldered upon the members of the council."

Belgium, Germany, the Dominican Republic and South Africa were elected from their respective regional groups to the other four non-permanent Security Council seats.