Indonesia announced that it will ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) as soon as the United States does, signaling new willingness of a key non–nuclear-weapon state to strengthen the nonproliferation regime. That was the message of Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda at the Carnegie Endowment on June 8. Increased cooperation on nuclear disarmament is one part of the new comprehensive partnership between the United States and Indonesia, which will also cover democracy, human rights, and economic development, and allow the two countries to coordinate on regional issues, including the enduring standoff with the military junta in Burma (Myanmar).
“We share [President Obama’s] vision of a world in which nuclear weapons have been eradicated. We trust that he will succeed in getting the CTBT ratified—and we promise that when that happens, Indonesia will immediately follow suit.”
Minister Wirajuda spoke at an event jointly sponsored by the Carnegie Endowment and United States-Indonesia Society. Doug Paal, vice president for studies at the Endowment, moderated the discussion.
“A few days ago in Cairo, President Obama invited the Muslim world to a partnership to address an array of critical issues: violent extremism, the Middle East situation, nuclear disarmament, democracy, religious freedom, women’s rights, and economic development and opportunity,” Minister Wirajuda concluded. “I am here to tell you that Indonesia, the country with the world’s largest Muslim population, has long prepared itself to answer President Obama’s call for partnership.”
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