The Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, said that her country was proud to support Indonesian democracy not only in form of moral but also in an action.
“Australia is proud to have provided not just moral support and encouragement but practical, active assistance for Indonesia’s three elections since 1998,” said Gillard during his speech in Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) V, Nusa Dua, Bali, Thursday.
Gillard recalled her memory while spending time in a village in West Timor 14 years ago, while Indonesia did its free and fair election.
“That was fully democracy where in line with Indonesian people culture,” Gillard added.
Indonesia has shown its capability to become fully democratic country by implementing the election.
According to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono speech in first BDF in 2008, Gillard stated that she agreed with Yudhoyono statement that democracy is also for Asia.
“I could not agree more, indeed I have seen this with my own eyes,” she stated.
In this fifth annual BDF, Gillard together with Yudhoyono and South Korean President, Lee Myung-bak, chair this forum that was already run since 2008.
About 1243 delegations from 83 countries and international organization attending this forum which is themed Advancing Global Democracy, How the World Democratic Effort to Contribute in International Security and Peacekeeping, Economic Growth, and Human Right.
Brunei Darussalam Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, Iran President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, Timor Leste Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao, Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, and Papua New Guniea Peter O¿Neill to attend the forum.
The 24 foreign ministers, United Nation of Human Right Commisioner Navanethem Pillay and United States Congress Member Mc Dermott are also attending the forum.
Meanwhile, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has expressed hope that the 5th Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) will promote democracy not only at the regional level but also at the global level.
“Every year, BDF must lead to concrete outcomes, which do not just remain on paper. Every year, we reaffirm our understanding of democracy through the exchange of ideas and democratic values of various countries,” he said during the opening of the event at the Bali International Convention Centre (BICC).
The head of state noted that BDF was becoming increasingly prominent as a global platform for promoting democracy, because the number of countries taking part in the forum has been rising every year. Therefore, he added, the forum¿s contribution to the promotion of global democracy also ¿must increase with each passing year¿.
At the forum, which was attended by nine heads of state and two deputy prime ministers, President Yudhoyono stated that all parties could express their views and share their experience on democracy in their respective countries.
“The implementation of good democratic values will be beneficial in developing the economy, politics, and other sectors. Therefore, this forum is becoming increasingly relevant,” he explained.
However, the President pointed out that all parties should promote democracy across the globe while respecting the sovereignty of other countries.
Cited the case of Syria, President Yudhoyono expressed hope that the world would join hands to find a solution to the problems facing the country.