Jakarta (Antara Bali) - Vice President Jusuf Kalla will receive the Adam Malik Award in recognition of his key role in a peace agreement between the Government of Indonesia and the separatist Free Aceh Movement.
"We are planning to hold the event to mark the 100th birth
anniversary of Adam Malik. Hence, we want to confer the Adam Malik Award
on Vice President Jusuf Kalla who played a key role in the negotiation
process between the Government of Indonesia and the separatist Free Aceh
Movement," Maliks daughter Antarini remarked here on Thursday.
On August 15, 2005, the conflict, which lasted for about three
decades in the resource-rich province of Aceh, ended after the signing
of a memorandum of understanding sealing peace between the Indonesian
government and the separatist Free Aceh Movement in Helsinki, Finland.
Antarini pointed out that the ceremony will be held by the Adam
Malik Center to commemorate Maliks 100th birth anniversary. Malik was
born in Pematang Siantar, North Sumatra, on July 22, 1917.
The Adam Malik Award ceremony will be held in October or November at
the Pancasila Building, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jakarta.
"We will also seek permission from Foreign Affairs Minister Retno L. P. Marsudi," Antarini noted.
In addition, Antarini cited other figures who had played a role in
the peace agreement between the government of Indonesia and the
separatist Free Aceh Movement, including former president Susilo Bambang
Yudhoyono and former minister of justice and human rights Hamid
Awaludin as Indonesias representative in the Helsinki negotiations.
"Malik Mahmud and others from the separatist Free Aceh Movement have
also met the criteria according to the vision and mission of Adam
Malik," Antarini stated.
The selection of the recipients of the Adam Malik Award was made by
the Adam Malik Center team comprising observers of international
relations, diplomats, and academics from several universities in
Malik was Indonesias foreign minister from 1966 to 1977 and vice
president from 1978 until March of 1983 when he left President Suhartos
In 1937, he had founded the Indonesian News Agency Antara, which originally served as an organ of the nationalist press. (WDY)