Indonesia to strive for creation of nuclear weapon-free zone

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia will struggle for the creation of a nuclear weapon-free zone during the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea, at the end of this month, a presidential spokesman said.

"(At the meeting) Indonesia will raise what we call the draft commitment process of a country in the denuclearization process and nuclear weapon avoidance program," Teuku Faizasyah, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono`s special staff for international relations, said here on Tuesday.

The Seoul Summit to be attended by President Yudhoyono is a follow-up to a similar summit held in Washington DC, the US, some time ago, he said.

He said the Seoul meeting will be divided into four sessions, adding that senior officers from various countries have prepared materials for each of the sessions.

The substance of materials will be discussed by ministers and later by the heads of state/government attending the summit, he said.

"We continue to prepare our stand on a number of issues," he said.

He said the discussion of nuclear weapon issue is relevant to latest developments, particularly in the Middle East and Korean Peninsula.

He said the Southeast Asian Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone (SEANWFZ) treaty may serve as an example for the Seoul Summit to follow. The treaty reflects the commitment of ASEAN member states and other countries to create a nuclear weapon-free zone, he said.

Indonesia will continuously respect the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, he added.

President Yudhoyono is expected to attend the summit during his seven-day overseas trip, which will also take him to Beijing and Hong Kong.