Jakarta. Indonesia is confident of its chances to gain a seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affair said on Thursday (22/02).
"We are confident in this election process for non-permanent membership at the UN Security Council," Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said at a press briefing in Jakarta.
Indonesia is in the midst of its fourth campaign for non-permanent membership at the UN Security Council for the 2019-2020 period. Elections are scheduled for June this year.
The campaign is one of the the government’s foreign policy priorities; top officials actively sought support for the country’s candidacy throughout 2017, especially during meetings President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi held with their respective foreign counterparts.
The Southeast Asian country last occupied a UN Security Council seat as a non-permanent member in 2007-2008, when it played a role as a moderating voice and consensus builder among members of the council.
It is expected that Indonesia will adopt a similar role if elected, as illustrated by its diplomatic responses to various crises over the past year, such as during the Qatar diplomatic crisis and the humanitarian crisis of the Rohingya refugees in Myanmar and Bangladesh.
"Our confidence is a product of our track record, which has credentials and competence to fill the seat at the UN Security Council," director of international security and disarmament at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Grata Endah Wedaningtyas, said.
She added that the government has been working hard to gain the support of other UN member states, and has so far garnered support from more than the required two-thirds majority.
The elections in June are for five non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council, which are allocated according to regional blocs. Indonesia is up against Maldives for one seat for the Asia-Pacific group.
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in an interview with the Jakarta Globe in November last year said Indonesia hopes to become a "true partner for world peace" through its membership at the UN Security Council.
"We always bring our peace advocacy, wherever we go, we attempt to bridge differences, and we are actively involved in peacekeeping missions," she said.