Kosovo Independence

Feb 22nd, 2008, in News, by

Indonesia's lukewarm response to Kosovo statehood.

Golkar leader in the parliament, Hajriyanto Y. Thohari, said on 19th February that there was no reason for Indonesia not to recognise Kosovo independence, proclaimed the day before.

There were three main reasons why it should: antara

  • The people of Kosovo had suffered genocide and ethnic cleaning by neighbouring Serbia.
  • Indonesia was bound by its constitution to support self-determination.
  • Indonesia should support a fellow moderate Muslim people.

Jeffrey Massie from the Christian Partai Damai Sejahtera (PDS) said on 20th February that it was very strange that the biggest Muslim country in the world had not followed America and most of Europe and immediately recognised the new state. antara

On 21st February Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda said Indonesia was in no rush to acknowledge Kosovo and had to study first whether Kosovoan independence would help in solving or preventing any further conflict in the former Yugoslavia area. antara


8 Comments on “Kosovo Independence”

  1. avatar Yuki Tobing says:

    Well, in my humble opinion, Indonesia has reason not to recognize Kosovo statehood. There still exist some separatist groups in Maluku and Irian Jaya. How if Kosovo statehood has domino effect in Indonesia? Indonesia’s case is almost the same with Russia, China, and Spain.

  2. avatar Odinius says:

    Politics makes strange bedfellows. Indonesia on the same side as Russia, China and Israel; the US and UK on the side side as Iran…

  3. avatar Lairedion says:

    Politics makes strange bedfellows. Indonesia on the same side as Russia, China and Israel; the US and UK on the side side as Iran”¦

    Indeed, now we see Muslims from Kosovo expressing gratitude to the US for supporting and acknowledging their independence and at the same time Serbian Orthodox Christians burning US flags and looting the US Embassy in Belgrade…. 😕

  4. avatar Andrew says:

    I second Yuki Tobing.

    Hajriyanto Y. Thohari uses his own criteria to draw his conclusion. He probably doesn’t realize that his very criteria, if applied to our own situation, would result in disintegration.
    Jeffrey Massie’s opinion sounds logical, but he lacks the bigger picture.

    “In politics, right or wrong depends on which side you’re on.”

  5. avatar Odinius says:

    Indeed, now we see Muslims from Kosovo expressing gratitude to the US for supporting and acknowledging their independence and at the same time Serbian Orthodox Christians burning US flags and looting the US Embassy in Belgrade”¦.

    It kind of discredits a clash of civilizations perspective in favor of the old goodie “all politics is local” (former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill).

    Besides, religion in the Balkans is a different beast to what it is in Indonesia. When it plays a role in conflict, it tends to be as a marker of national/ethnic identity and little more.

  6. avatar sputjam says:

    More reason why sudan should not accept any internatioal peace keepers in darfur.

  7. avatar Odinius says:

    Yeah, peacekeepers kind of get in the way of successful genocide efforts.

  8. avatar betina tangguh says:

    The reason of indesicive SBY is so obvious. Russia has just given loan for RI.

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