Indonesia receives confirmation from 17 leaders for 60th Asia-Africa conference

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government has received confirmations from 17 foreign leaders regarding their participation in the 60th anniversary of the Asia-Africa Conference (AAC).

Yuri O. Thamrin, the foreign ministrys director general for Asia-Pacific and Africa affairs, informed the press here, Tuesday, that confirmations were received from China, Japan, and Pakistan, among other things.

The number of leaders confirming their participation is expected to increase significantly prior to the AAC anniversary events to be held in Jakarta and Bandung, West Java Province, on April 19-24, 2015.

In response to the press question, he stated that so far, there are no indications about the participation of North Koreas Leader Kim Jong Un.

Earlier, Foreign Affairs Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi informed senior journalists joining a breakfast meeting organized by the ministry that a summit held as part of the AACs anniversary events is expected to yield three documents, including one dedicated to support Palestine.

The two other documents will be respectively a Bandung Message and the strengthening of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership (NAASP).

An Asia-Africa Business Summit will also be organized in Jakarta, on April 21-22, as part of the AAC anniversary celebrations.

"We want to strengthen the South-South Cooperation in order to contribute to world peace and welfare," the minister affirmed.

Some 109 world leaders and representatives of 25 international organizations will attend the 60th AAC and the 10th NAASP in Jakarta and Bandung on April 19-24, 2015.

The first AAC was organized in Bandung, West Java, on April 18-24, 1955, on the initiative of Indonesia, Myanmar (Burma), Ceylon (Sri Lanka), India, and Pakistan.

Some 29 countries representing more than half the worlds population had sent their delegates to attend the conference.

The conference resulted in the Dasasila Bandung, or the 10-point Bandung Declaration on the promotion of world peace and cooperation.

Most of the principles of the United Nations were incorporated in the declaration, which then became the guideline for colonized countries in their fight for independence.(*)

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