Joint Statement between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia and the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice President of the European Commission on the Asia-Pacific

1. The European Union and Indonesia share the common objective of promoting regional peace, security, stability, and prosperity through dialogue, cooperation, connectivity (including in its people-to-people dimension) and economic integration, both internally and with the rest of the world. The experiences of European integration and ASEAN can contribute to strengthening an effective and norms-based multilateral world order. The European Union and Indonesia support ASEAN’s Unity and Centrality in various ASEAN-led mechanisms and in the evolving regional architecture. The Foreign Minister welcomed the interest of the EU in furthering its engagement with the region through all ASEAN-led processes.

2. The Foreign Minister welcomed the European Union’s increasing engagement in the Asia-Pacific and its continued support to ASEAN, including through the establishment of a dedicated EU diplomatic Mission to ASEAN. She also welcomed EU-Indonesia collaboration in the context of the ASEAN Regional Forum, including their co-chairmanship of the ARF Preventive Diplomacy and Mediation training organised in Yogyakarta in November 2015. The Foreign Minister and High Representative confirmed their support for ASEAN and the EU to intensify efforts towards greater headway in the ASEAN-EU relations which would pave the way to the establishment of an ASEAN-EU Strategic Partnership embracing all aspects of mutual interest, including political and security cooperation.

3. The High Representative expressed her support for the central role of ASEAN and ASEAN-led mechanisms in the evolving regional security architecture in Asia. Both sides encouraged ASEAN efforts to seek peaceful resolution and management of maritime disputes in the region, including through the full and effective implementation of the Declaration of Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DoC) and the early conclusion of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (CoC). Both sides are committed to maintaining a maritime legal order based on the principles of international law, as reflected notably in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). This includes the preservation of maritime safety, security, and cooperation, freedom of navigation and overflight. They called on all parties concerned to exercise self-restraint, to refrain from militarisation, the use and the threat of the use of force in the region, to abstain from unilateral action and to fully respect the diplomatic and legal processes.

4. In maintaining peace and maritime security in the Asia Pacific, the Foreign Minister welcomed the EU’s upcoming participation in Indonesian initiatives of the Multilateral Naval Exercise Komodo 2016.

5. The Foreign Minister and High Representative recognised the importance of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Both sides are determined to work closely together to achieve a good outcome of the 11th ASEM Summit on 15-16 July in Mongolia and of the 21st ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting in October in Thailand.

6. The High Representative praised Indonesia’s striving democracy, and commended Indonesia’s positive role in foreign policy. During the last decade, Indonesia has constructively taken part in conflict resolution in the region. It has further advocated the importance of democracy and human rights as a peace-building tool through the annual Bali Democracy Forum. She also commended Indonesia’s active involvement in regional maritime policy, including through its chairmanship of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA).

7. The Foreign Minister expressed appreciation for the increasing EU involvement into promoting peace and stability in the Asia region and expressed full support to the EU’s initiative to convene jointly with Afghanistan a Ministerial Conference in Brussels on 4-5 October on the future of Afghanistan.

8. Both sides stressed their determination to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and urged the DPRK to respect and abide by UNSC Resolutions and to exercise self-restraint from any provocations.

9. Europe and Asia have a strong stake in each other’s prosperity as the world’s largest economic regions. The European Union is the largest export market for Asian products as well as a key destination for Asian investors. Asia, as the world’s most dynamic economic region, offers increased opportunities for trade and investment for European companies. The European Union congratulates ASEAN on the establishment of its Economic Community at the end of 2015 and supports its implementation.

10. The Foreign Minister and High Representative welcomed the commitment to working towards the resumption of ASEAN-EU Free Trade Agreement negotiations. In this regard, both sides noted the progress of the ongoing joint stocktaking exercise, based on the assessment of the progress of ASEAN economic integration, on the status of bilateral FTAs between the EU and ASEAN Member States, and on how to ensure added value by building on these bilateral FTAs.

Source: .Europa