VP Boediono holds bilateral meeting with New Zealand PM

VP Boediono holds bilateral meeting with New Zealand PM

VP Boediono. (ANTARA/Setwapres-Muchlis)

We keep monitoring to avoid food price hikes."
The Hague (ANTARA News) - Indonesias Vice President Boediono held a bilateral meeting with New Zealands Prime Minister John Key, during the Nuclear Security Summit in Den Haag, Netherlands, on Tuesday.

During the meeting, VP Boediono put forth Indonesias proposal to cooperate with New Zealand on geothermal energy exploration.

"New Zealand is commonly using geothermal energy as power plants source, while Indonesia has the biggest geothermal potentials in the world, but it is not yet optimally used," Boediono pointed out.

Besides Vice President Boediono, the bilateral meeting with New Zealands prime minister was also attended by Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa, Head of Presidential Unit on Development Control and Monitoring (UKP4) Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, VPs Secretary Mohamad Oemar, and VPs Deputy Secretary Dewi Fortuna Anwar.

Head of UKP4 Kuntoro Mangkusubroto stated that on research and education sector, New Zealand Auckland University is in cooperation with Gadjah Mada University in Jogjakarta, on small islands local economic development in Eastern Indonesia.

Prime Minister John Key praised Indonesian economic growth, asked about general elections preparations, and the development of Bali process related to the boatmen refugees.

Regarding Keys questions, VP explained that Indonesia strictly takes care of food security through food producing and food price monitoring to stabilize the economic growth.

"We keep monitoring to avoid food price hikes," he clarified.

About the general elections, Boediono stressed that its preparation were proper enough in order to hold a peace, safe and democratic elections.

Related to the Bali Process, Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa revealed that the regional countries had agreed to implement an inclusive mechanism to resolve the refugee problem, which involves the native countries, the transit countries and the destination countries.

"We are working to make all countries use the coincided mechanism, which covers a lot of problems, including prevention, detection and protection. Not just using a unilateral or sectoral policy," Marty pointed out.

The Nuclear Security Summit 2014, held on March 24 to 25, is a world summit aimed at preventing nuclear terrorism around the globe.

Delegations from 53 countries, including the leaders of the U.S., China and Japan are participating in the Summit, to negotiate on reducing and securing supplies, and keeping them out of terrorists hands. ***1***

(Uu.A060/INE/a014)

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