Jakarta Onews,-- Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa said on Wednesday
that Indonesia’s decision to abstain for the UN General Assembly’s
approval of the global arms trade treaty came from its objections to the
treaty’s draft, which required exporters to assess the human rights
records of their potential buyers.
"Indonesia’s stance on this
matter is clear. We support the idea on the need of a treaty to manage
or regulate the international trade of weapons,” said Marty at the State
"But the problem is, the draft treaty that was brought to
the UN General Assembly for voting yesterday contained a concept of
conditionality in which arms exporters should assess the human rights
conditions in the buyer countries,” he added.
denied that Indonesia was worried about the international perception of
the country’s human rights record and that this could hamper its arms
procurement with its trading partners.
"Our concern was that the
draft treaty would allow exporter states to unilaterally assess whether a
country upholds human rights principles and they would use it to
determine the country’s eligibility to buy weapons. It is very
one-sided,” said the Minister.
According to Marty, the authority
to make such an assessment would only belong to "a neutral group which
contains eminent persons with relevant expertise for the assessment”.
Marty said Indonesia hoped that the treaty could accommodate the establishment of such a neutral group.
resolution, which regulates the international trade in conventional
arms, received 154 votes in favor. Three member states – Iran, North
Korea, and Syria – voted against the decision. Indonesia joined 22 other
countries that abstained. (ebf)
Orginal News: The Jakarta Post