Indonesia receives N Korea proposal on East Asia issues

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa has received proposals from North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong regarding conflicts in East Asia during a meeting here on Wednesday.

"A quite concrete proposal has been received to be communicated to other parties," Marty Natalegawa said to journalists after a tete-a-tete meeting with his counterpart.

He, however, did not explain in more detail regarding the proposal for curbing the situation in East Asia.

"We will present it to other parties as part of Indonesias efforts to contribute to reducing escalation in East Asia," he said.

Indonesia, he said, considers that East Asia should communicate more to eradicate misunderstanding between countries in the region.

"North Korea has affirmed that they actually want peace in the region, as it will also affect development in that country," he revealed.

Marty noted that Indonesias contribution to reduce tension in East Asia will not be as a mediator or facilitator.

"The name facilitator will be a burden for us. The fact is Indonesia is a country outside the six countries involved in the six-party talks," he explained.

Indonesia he said would optimize its good relationship with countries involved in the six-party talks because they are facing a communication deadlock.

"It will be very good if we optimize the sense of trust from various parties to reduce tension there. This will not, however, replace the process that has so far been in existence, and the six-party talks will continue," he added.(*)

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