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28
June

MOSAIC OF THE ARCHIPELAGO

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Mosaic of Archipelago, Thursday, June 28, 2018 presents information about ‘Supports Supervision of Local Government Apparatus, Regent of Sorong, Head of the Sorong State Prosecutor's Office and Chief of Police Sorong to Sign MoU’. The next information is that ‘Increasing Production of Rice and Corn at Pesisir Selatan Regency’. The last information is ‘to Digest Information Wisely’.

Sorong Regency Government signed Memorandom of Understanding (MoU) with State Attorney of Sorong and Police Resort of Sorong about coordination of the Government Internal Supervisory Authority (APIP) with Law Enforcement Officials (APH) related to the handling of reports or public complaints in the implementation of Sorong Regency Government. The signing was done on Tuesday (26/6) in the office room of the Regent of Sorong.

Regent of Sorong, Johny Kamuru said through the MoU, any complaints or reports from the public will be handled by the police and the prosecutor's office and the charges of negative complaints will be processed according to existing law. Chief of Police in Sorong, Dewa Made Sidan Sutrahna appreciated the initiative of the Sorong government that has taken positive steps in handling reports or complaints from the residents. While Head of Sorong State Prosecutor’s Office, Ahmad Muhdhor said that this is a follow-up of the memorandum of understanding at the central level of the Attorney General, Police, and the Ministry of Home Affairs. The hope is that all the problems faced at the local level can be resolved properly.

Pesisir Selatan is an area with a large agricultural area, but it is still constrained with less irrigation. Territorial Head of Territorial Command 032 Wirabraja, Infantry Colonel Asep Apandi said to RRI on Wednesday (27/6) that Pesisir Selatan has a large area to increase the production of rice, corn and soybeans from year to year. He added that the production of soybeans has not been so prominent due to various factors. However, the government and Bintara Pembina Desa (Babinsa) in the region continue to develop the commodity to balance the production of rice and corn as the set target. From the beginning of production to the handling of pests, Indonesian Army through the region's Babinsa helps the residents increase its agricultural production. People in the region are greatly helped by the mentoring program. In the future, it is expected that rice production in Pesisir Selatan Regency can match other areas, such as Solok and Tanah Datar. Therefore, various efforts have been carried out to address the problems faced by local farmers, including irrigation problems.

We end Mosaic of Archipelago with Digesting Information Wisely.

Commander of the Main Base of the Indonesian Navy - Commander of the Navy Main Base II, First Admiral of Indonesian Army, Agus Sulaeman emphasized that his soldiers and state civil servants -PNS in the Navy Main Base II always address the information well and wisely, that develops in social media. Soldiers must be able to sort and distinguish between the right and the wrong information. Soldiers should be able to select information that is rolling rapidly today in addition to the hard prohibition of not practicing politics. Agus Sulaeman said to RRI in Padang, Wednesday (27/6) that Indonesia is a country that has a variety of tribes, religions, skin colors, languages, geographical locations and diverse customs. It is important to avoid things that can trigger conflict between religions and also between groups. Another important thing is the obedience of soldiers to all kinds of regulations, as well as traffic rules and avoids other fatal things like drug abuse.

28
June

SEMUA IKAN DI LANGIT

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In today’s Book and Film Review, we will review an Indonesian novel entitled, “Semua Ikan di Langit” or in English means “All Fishes in the Sky”, written by Ziggy Zezsyazeoviennazabrizkie. Ziggy is a young Indonesian writer who won a writing competition held by an Indonesian publisher, Grasindo – Gramedia. Ziggy may be a shy girl who does not want her identity get exposed, but her works are simply amazing. For instance, in “Semua Ikan di Langit”, Ziggy used a language style that cannot be found in other novels. Her imagination is quite high, like when she depicted a bus which can travel in the skies and even through dimension and time.

The story told by Ziggy broadens readers’ horizon. Meticulous depictions of every character are very imaginative, yet still completely make sense. The readers can imagine the shape of the bus told by Ziggy, and even its passengers. In an interview with Voice of Indonesia, Ziggy shared us about that.

“…The premise of the story is actually pretty simple it’s centered around a bus humanist adventure on a space time travel got it by a curious boy who’s floating in the air and has a lot of fish hands the title and along the way they made a lot of visitation, they pick up passengers since the character is a bus so we still have the purpose in that but other than that it’s pretty much open for interpretation some like to make try to find a different meaning behind the story but some just take it as it is. I would like to let people interpret it on their own so I try not to answer the questions about what it actually means, I really like to reserve that right, the right to interpret to the readers.” Ziggy explain.

The main character in “Semua Ikan di Langit” is even a bus which operates in Bandung, West Java. Instead of humans, its passengers are a mother roach who just gave birth to five babies in a lab; then, a school of halfbeak fishes swimming around the bus, which enable the bus to fly; and apparently a boy who provides power for the fishes, so that the bus can travel in time and space. It is impossible for such imagination to be found in short time.

“…Well there’s actually a lot of consideration regarding the character. I realize that it’s not common for a bus narrate a story but I have a lot of consideration whether it’s personal and also conceptual, visual and off course symbolic meaning behind it but it really connect with how you will interpret the story so it’s just that there’s a lot of consideration behind it, I’m just going to leave it like that.” Ziggy added.

In the beginning, readers may be confused with the story, but not after they pass through page 64. The vague story turns clear. “Semua Ikan di Langit” has 259 pages and is apparently unique for its ability to describe the bitter sweetness of human life. There is no idea why Ziggy created those characters in her novel. But, what does Ziggy want to say through her peculiar story?

“…Well first of all thank you, as I said the message behind the story is very simple. The story have a lot of different part but they serve specific purposes but the whole think actually balls down to a very simple moral value which is just to be kind to one another regardless of anything. I mean the story is essentially a love story it’s just that it’s not a romantic story it’s not about a boy and a girl fell in love and all the disaster they have to overcome.  It’s universal love and it’s just talking about affection that goes beyond boundaries and this is what I want to conveyed to people that it can exist.” Ziggy said.

“Semua Ikan di Langit” or “All Fishes in the Sky” which successfully won competition evidently has love in it. Every single word in this book turns into intriguing story that people may find it quite deep. Readers can find a story of peace amidst the chaotic world, where love for fellow human beings still exists. Alright listener, that was our brief review of a novel entitled “Semua Ikan di Langit” or “All Fishes in the Sky” written by Ziggy Zezsyazeoviennazabrizkie.

26
June

DIPLOMATIC CORNER

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Diplomatic Corner, a segment presents Indonesian diplomatic activities both at home and abroad.

First information is from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Indonesian drama movie, Posesif becomes the opening film of the organization of SCENECS International Film Festival 2018 held on June 22-29 in Hilversum media and film centers in the Netherlands. Vue Movie Theater located in the center of the city is decorated like a great movie festival of the world. The red carpet stretches all the way to Vue's main door. Large backdrop for photo taking is provided, and completed with bright lights. Meanwhile, gold and black balloons strung together, adorn the entrance of the reception hall.

SCENECS International Film Festival 2018 started at 20:00 local time, with dance performance by InaDancewhich presents traditional Betawi dance combined with modern dance. Indonesia Ambassador to Kingdom of Netherlands, I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja opened the festival officially with Director of SCENECS, Arya Tarivedi and members of the Hilversum City Council on Media and Culture, Wimar Jaeger. In his speech, Ambassador Wesaka Puja said that since 2015, Indonesian governmenthas opened 100 percent of foreign investment in the film industry.Since then, more and more new films have been produced.After the opening speech and official opening of the festival, the event was continued with ‘Posesif’ film screenings, followed by Q&A with producer, Muhammad Zaidy. SCENECS is an annual international debut film festivalof international scale. This year is the 12th one. Through the festival, performers, directors, and film producers along with a beginner documentary can show their first or second works to the Dutch public.

Next information is from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Indonesia's participation in World of Coffee 2018 held in Amsterdam, June 21-23, booked a transaction value of more than $5.7 million dollars or equivalent to Rp80 billion. Five companies and coffee exporters that participated in World of Coffee, namely Specialty Coffee Association Indonesia, Blanco Indonesia Coffee, Bintang Lima Pasifik, Gayo Mandiri, and Arisarina Aceh Cooperative booked the transaction. The transaction value is derived from a number of business dealings of Indonesian exporters with companies from various countries, such as the Netherlands, Germany, England, Switzerland, Belarus, until companies from South America, such as Brazil and Chile. Coffee types of interest also vary, such as Robusta Lampung, Arabica Gayo, Arundaya, Lintong, Kintamani, and Toraja. Indonesia's participation in World of Coffee 2018 is a synergy from the Indonesia Embassy of The Hague, Indonesia Embassy of Brussels, and Indonesian Mission of Geneva, supported by the participation of Indonesian coffee associations, companies and exporters. Indonesian Pavilion was also enlivened by the participation of Garuda Indonesia which is also committed to supporting the increase of Indonesian products export abroad, including coffee products. This collaboration is expected to further increase the value of Indonesian coffee exports to European countries and the world.

Last information is from Jakarta, Indonesia. Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman, Arrmanatha Nasir said in Jakarta last Friday (22/6) that there are some agenda of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi this week. For example, she attends the 3rd Ministerial Conference of the Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD) in Bangkok, June 26-27. She also received the first visit of East Timor President, Francisco Guterres to Indonesia on Thursday (28/6). Minister Retno Marsudi attended CEAPAD in a bid to increase effective technical assistance for the Palestinians. Arrmanatha Nasir also stated that for Indonesia, the struggle for Palestinian independence is one of Indonesia's foreign policy priorities. Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Egypt, Palestine, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, and Jordan attend the CEAPAD Forum. Besides, five international organizations also attend the forum. They are Islamic Development Bank, The United Nations Office for Palestinian Refugees, and the World Bank.

26
June

HEADLINES

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Here are the Headlines of several national newspapers published today, June 26 2018.

We begin with Kompas newspaper which writes, “Voters’ Rationality Awaited.”

People’s awareness in the upcoming Regional Election to elect candidates who are capable to increase people’s service and welfare is urgently needed. If those elected do not have such ability, it is not onlyregional welfare but also democracy will be sacrificed. The Global State of Democracy 2017 by International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) showed relation between democracy and development and public service. The people assess their real relation with the country through government’s ability in providing public services such as health, education, jobs, security, and justice.

The government’s ability to provide those services is crucial in maintaining the endurance of democracy. In the current regional autonomy era, regional government quality greatly affects public perception about state’s presence. Therefore, it is important for regions to be led by figures that can fulfill public’s hope. It was because many regions fail to develop due to the leaders’ lack of innovationandpartiality to the people, and only think about self or group’s interest during their serving time.

Moving on to Media Indonesia entitle, “Reject the Money, Reject the Candidate.”

The statement of Gerindra Party Chairman Prabowo Subianto who suggested the people to accept money politics continuesto create public outcry. Some who were contacted by Media Indonesia yesterday “regretted” Prabowo’s statement. Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) Commissioner Mochammad Afifuddin affirmed, giving and receiving money during 2018 Regional Election is prohibited. It was according to Law No. 10, 2016 on Regional Election.

We end the Headline with Republika which writes, “Erdogan Gets Stronger.”

Recep Tayyip Erdogan strengthened again his leadership in Turkey through Turkey Presidential and Parliamentary Election 2018 on Sunday (24/6). Turkey Supreme Electoral Council officially announced that Erdogan gained most votes and will lead Turkey for the next five years. With 99 percent of counted votes until Monday (25/6/2018), Erdogan gained 52.5 percent compared to their closest rival, Murharrem Ince who gained 30.7 percent votes. Erdogan’s party, Turkey Justice and Development Party or AK Partyalso gained 42.5 percent during the legislative election. Then, they will build majority coalition with Nationalist Movement Party which received 11 percent.

26
June

MOSAIC OF THE ARCHIPELAGO

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Mosaic of the Archipelago presents information: first, 48 thousand tourists visit Kuta Mandalika beach.The second information is that culture office ofSleman launches E-SIKS application.The third information is that Amorphophallus titanium is ready to bloom in Bengkulu.

PT Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), a state-owned enterprise which manages special economic zone of Mandalika, reported the surge of visitors on Idul Fitri holiday. Since officially being opened to the public on Idul Fitri holiday on Friday (15/6), the number of visitors who came until Saturday (23/6) reached 48,263 people or approximatelly as many as 5,000 tourists every day. General Manager of MandalikaSpecial Economic Zone, I Gusti Lanang Bratasuta pointed out at Kuta Mandalika beach, Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara –NTB on last Sunday (24/6) that the visitors did enjoy visitingKuta Beach Park of Mandalika. He also said that the visitors were more comfortable and safe to enjoy their holidays because there was Car Free Day -CFD to handle traffic jam. Besides, the cooperation as state-owned enterprise has also provided three entrance gatesto the location. The cooperation also built Tourism Security and Safety hall which is completed with space for bay-watch which functions as security post, health post, tourism information center and Kuta Beach Park security. Interestingly, in Kuta Beach Park of Mandalika area, there is also kids’ playgroundto support beach tourism desination which is friendly for kids.

The second information is that culture office ofSleman launches E-SIKS application.

Culture Office of Sleman, Yogyakarta in supporting vission and mission of Sleman regency implements"E-government" and provides prime service to community in cultural field in a bid to launch application of E-Sleman Cultural Information (E-SCI). Head of Culture Office ofSleman regency, Aji Wulantara said on Sunday that E-SCI is an application of 'one-day delivery service' which was officially innaugurated by Sleman Regent, Sri Purnomo on Thursday (21/6) and he also openedKetroprak Festival throughout Sleman regency. RegentSri Purnomo said that E-SCI service is technological application which functions to give prime service to the people on various things related to culture in Sleman.He also said that with the system, the culutural art groups in Sleman, who will get cultural service in Sleman, must not come to Sleman Culture Office, but they only do online access. So, the process becomes easier and faster. Sleman Regent, Sri Purnomo welcomed the launching of cultural service of Sleman regency, because it makes public easy to get accessedwith various information and service ofculture in Sleman.

We end Mosaic of the Archipelago with theinformation on Amorphophallus titanium is ready to bloom in Bengkulu.

Amorphophallus titanium or in local language, it’s called ‘Kibut’ is ready to bloom in breeding areabelonging to resident of Tebat Monok village, Kepahiang regency, Bengkulu province. Holidin, the owner of the breeding of rare flower said in Bengkulu on Sunday that based on the last measurement result, the height of the flower as protetcted rare flower reaches two meters. The breeding area of the giant flower has been opened to the public with free of charge. But, the management places donation box at the entrance gate for tourists who want to support their effort to preserve endemic flower of Sumatera island. Holidin also said that the location of blooming flower is quite easy to be accessed because it is on the road side of Bengkulu-Kepahiang city, which has a distance around 53 kilometersfrom Bengkulu city. Besides for Amorphophallus titanium breeding, he further said that at the location, various kinds of flowers, such as Amorphophallus gigas, Amorphophallus paeonifolius and Amorphophallus variables are bred. Besides Amorphophallus titanium, at the breeding location where the protected forest of Daun hill is located, Rafflesia arnoldii flower is also planted.

21
June

TODAY IN HISTORY

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Today in History over RRI World Service -Voice of Indonesia. We start from an event on June 21, 1961 when Joko Widodo, Indonesian president, was born.

Joko Widodo was born in Surakarta, Central Java on June 21st, 1961. He is the 7th president of Indonesia who has been installed since October 20, 2014. Joko Widodo had been officiated as governor of Jakarta since October 15, 2012 until October 16, 2014. His political career began by becoming as Surakarta mayor since July 28, 2005 until October 1, 2012. His name began to be well known after being considered to succeed changing Surakarta city to become tourism city, cultural city and batik city. On September 20, 2012, Joko Widodo succeeded to win the election as governor of Jakarta.

The next event is that in 1970, Soekarno passed away.

Soekarno was the 1st president of Indonesia for the period of 1945-1966. Soekarno passed away in Jakarta on June 21, 1970 due to illness. He played a major role to liberate Indonesia from the Dutch colonial. He is the proclamator of Indonesian independence along with Mohammad Hatta on August 17, 1945. Since he was young, Soekarno had been active in political struggle against the Dutch colonial. Because of his political activities, Soekarno was jailed many times by the government of the Dutch. He is quite known as founder of Pancasila, because for the first time, he initiated the concept of state’s ideology of Indonesia, called -Pancasila.

And the last event is that in 1972, it was Day of Agriculture.

Determination June 21st as Day of Agriculture was conducted by the government in 1972. The date was the 1st season that was the beginning of 12 cycle seasons known by Indonesia people, including the movement of the rainy season, drought, wind, insects, diseases and etc. From historical and cultural document, the important aspect for agricultural community including farms, is an expression of gratitude on harvest obtained by Indonesian people. Based on the local wisdom about culture, since 1972, June21st has become as the Day of Agriculture for agricultural community in Indonesia.

21
June

MOSAIC OF THE ARCHIPELAGO

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Mosaic of the Archipelago presents information: first,1,349 prisoners in West Nusa Tenggara receive Idul Fitri 1439 H remission. The second information is that rainfall on Mt. Lawu extinguishes the fire. The third information is that 1,001 Tumpeng enliven the 48th Bung Karno commemoration.

Listener, 1,349 prisoners in West Nusa Tenggara –NTB received Idul Fitri 2018 remission. Among of them received reduction of punishment for 15 days until two months. Even, 4 prisoners were directly free on Idul Fitri. Head of Regional Office of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights in NTB, Sevial Akmily said on Wednesday (20/6) that from the total prisoners amounting to 1,349 prisoners who received remission, 1,204 are general criminal cases, the remaining 141 are drugs’ cases. At Mataram Penitentiary, the number of prisoners who received remission reached 296 persons. The most prisoners received one-month remission, namely  172 persons. Sevial also asserted that get remission is hoped to be able to trigger other prisoners to achieve requirements of the remission, such as well behaved, and persevering to follow the coaching. Meanwhile, the community visit of prisoners’ families and deposit prisoners at Mataram penitentiary during Lebaran holiday reaches 6,962 people.

Fire which burned forest of Mt. Lawu, precisely at the peak of Hargo Tiling, Part Forest Management Unit of North Lawu, Jenawi district, Karanganyar, finally extinguished.  The rain which felt on the peak of Mt. Lawu extinguished the fire which has flamed since Tuesday evening (19/6). Daily Executive Head of Regional Disaster Management Agency of Karanganyar regency, Bambang Djatmiko told RRI on Wednesday (20/6) that his office still monitors development of fire-fighting which burned around 1.5 hectares of pine forest. He also said that because the fire has been extinguished, the climbing track is re-opened for the public. However, his office asked to the climbers to be careful and avoid making bonfire to reduce resistance forest fire.

We end Mosaic of the Archipelago with the information is on 1001 Tumpeng enliven the 48 Bung Karno commemoration.

Hundreds of Blitar people, East Java came to the location of the 48th Bung Karno commemoration in Blitar on Wednesday (20/6). Most of them carried Tumpeng as a form of participation in the event. Tumpeng is a cone-shaped rice dish with side dishes of vegetables and meat. Until Wednesday evening, the event was flocked by the local residents. They encircled those Tumpengs which have been arranged by the committee.  Some Tumpengs were also provided on the main stage by the committee. Those Tumpengs were provided for special guests of Bung Karno family and a number of other guests. Head of Tourism and Culture office of Blitar, Tri Iman mentioned that the committee did not limit the Tumpengs of residents’ donation. Thus, it’s like previous year; the Tumpengs did not only fulfill  Jalan Ir. Soekarno, but also closed Jalan Panglima Sudirman and Sultan Agung Kota Blitar. Therefore, Tri Iman called it Kenduri 1001 Tumpeng Haul Bung Karno or in English means 1001 tumpeng of Bung Karno Commemoration. Besides from Blitar residents, those Tumpengs were also donated by regional organizations, a state-owned enterprise and various organizations in Blitar.  In addition, the event was filled with speech from the family and the guest and the event was also colored with praying and reading Tahlil together.

21
June

HEADLINES

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Here are the Headlines of several national newspapers published today, June 21 2018. Today’s headlines are focused on the sunken Sinar Bangun motorboat in Lake Toba.

We begin with Kompas newspaper which wrote, “Evaluate Ferry Transportation.”

President Joko Widodo asked all stakeholders to immediately find and save the victims of the sunken Sinar Bangun motorboat in Toba Lake. The President did not want such incident to happen again. Therefore, Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi was urged to evaluate the whole safety standard of ferry transport. This was affirmed by President Joko Widodo at the Bogor Presidential Palace on Wednesday afternoon (20/6). Personally and on behalf of all Indonesian people, the President expressed his deep condolences for the casualties in the incident. The President asked the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), National Armed Forces -TNI, National Police -Polri, and National Disaster Mitigation Agency -BNPB to find and save the victims. The government also will give compensation for the casualties’ family and the wounded victims.

We end the Headlines with Tempo entitled, “Government Evaluates Ferry Transport.”

President Joko Widodo instructed the Transportation Ministry and Transportation Agency to evaluate the ferry transport safety standard. The President said that both Transportation Ministry and Transportation Agency must routinely check the condition of ferry transport to guarantee safety. President Joko Widodo said, the sunken Sinar Bangun motorboat must be a lesson for all to comply to the regulation. That was stated by President Joko Widodo at Bogor Presidential Palace yesterday. The Sinar Bangun motorboat sank on the trip from Simanido port in Samosir Island to Tiga Ras port in Simalungun on Monday at 5.30 pm local time. The boat with 43 people capacity sank after being hit by 12-knot wind and high waves. The 35-gross tonnage ship was suspected to be overcapacity. Meanwhile, Head of National Search and Rescue Agency, Muhammad Syaugi said, the search team had evaluated 22 victims, consisting 18 survivors and 4 casualties. Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said, the Sinar Bangun had been operating illegally.

21
June

DIPLOMATIC CORNER

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RRI World Service -Voice of Indonesia with Diplomatic Corner, a program which presents information about activities and progress of Indonesian diplomacy in the international world.

The first information is from Malaysia.

Next year is very important year for Indonesian people. The year is that all Indonesian citizens, either in home or abroad, especially who have political rights, get chance to directly elect president, vice president and legislative members simultaneously. To ensure smooth election, especially overseas, Indonesian Deputy Ambassador in Kuala Lumpur – Andreano Erwin said on Friday (15/06/18) that the Indonesian embassy always coordinates with the overseas election committee in Kuala Lumpur to ensure smooth process of the election. The Deputy Ambassador also gave a message to the Indonesian citizens in Malaysia to succeed the implementation of the general election. The Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur always calls for the Indonesian citizens in Malaysia to maintain unity together, and Indonesian image. Because the location of the election which is outside of Indonesia, since early June the Indonesian embassy has coordinated with Police of Malaysia to know the rules which are valid in  Malaysia related to the implementation of the general election. From the meeting, it resulted in the decision that all Indonesian citizens in Malaysia are asked not to conduct practical political activities in anything form related to 2019 general election, including hate speech and hoax related to politic, either on mass media or social media and not to use political attributes such as t-shirt, flags, and banner.

The next information is from Finland.

Foreign Affairs Ministers of Indonesia, Retno Marsudi and Finland, Timo Soini  have become co-hosts of High Level Advisory Board on Mediation Meeting (HLAB-M), the UN Secretary General in Helsinki, Finland on last Monday (18/6). The UN Secretary General and members of the meeting  attended in the event. In the opening, Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi disclosed 3 inputs for the UN Secretary General and the meeting related to mediation efforts to prevent conflict and to create peace. Firstly, it is important to increase communication with leaders of community/religion to protect "value of tolerance". Secondly, it’s important to change "culture of reaction" becoming "culture of prevention". In this regard, Minister Retno conveyed support to the initiative of the UN Secretary General to become "conflict prevention" as one of the UN priorities. Thirdly, it’s important to spread "habit of dialogue" to respect the international law, to cooperate with regional organizations in a bid to prevent conflict. It is in line with Indonesian priority as the UN non-permanent member for the period January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020. The meeting was formed by the UN Secretary General on September 13, 2017, with 18 key members of former presidents, former foreign affairs ministers and other important figures. One of the meeting members is former Indonesian foreign affairs Minister, Marty Natalegawa. The goal of the establishment of the meeting is to give support for the UN Secretary General in increasing mediation in the UN agenda. The UN Secretary General especially conveyed award on Indonesian active role in Rakhine State issue.

We end Diplomatic Corner with the information from Finland.

Indonesia and Finland reached very significant development in bilateral relations in2017. This was stated by Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi at bilateral meeting with her counterpart Finnish Foreign Affairs Minister, Timo Soini in Helsinki, Finland on Monday(18/06). As reported on the website of Indonesian foreign affairs ministry, in 2017, the bilateral trade increased 66 percent. Meanwhile, tourist number of Finland to Indonesia increased more than 21 percent. Finnair has also conducted flight from Helsinki to Bali. Besides, there is a new cooperation which has been agreed, namely in the field of dialogue of among religions. Firstly,  meeting and dialogue among religions will be conducted in September. Secondly, both of them also agreed to increase cooperation in 3 fields, namely forest, renewable energy,  and science. One of the important issues which has been agreed, is cooperation of visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and official passports.

19
June

TODAY IN HISTORY

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Today In History from RRI World Service in Jakarta.

I’ll start with 19 June 194, the battle in the Philippine Sea between the United States Navy and the Japanese Navy begins. The battle of the Philippine Sea took place on 19 to 20 June 1944 near the Mariana Islands. This battle is a major defeat of the Japanese Navy, which lost 3 aircraft carriers and about 600 aircraft during the two days. This happens because the Japanese aircraft was old and poorly trained, compared to the more modern and refine American Navy. After this battle, the Japanese Navy was almost completely destroyed. This Allied victory opens the door for an attack on Iwo Jima.

Turning to 19 June 1961 Kuwait declares its independence from the United Kingdom.

In the 1800s Kuwait became part of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. To break away from Ottoman rule, the great Sheikh Mubarak ruling in Kuwait then signed a treaty with the British state in 1899 that defined the state of Kuwait as "an independent State under British protection". Under the agreement Britain had control over Kuwait's foreign policy, and in return Kuwait got annual protection and subsidies from the UK. On June 19, 1961, Kuwait became independent with the end of British protectorate and Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah to Amir. But the National Day of Kuwait, celebrated on February 25, is the commemoration of the coronation of Sheikh Abdullah.

I’ll End Today In History with 19 June 2008 John Ario Katili passed away.

Former Deputy Speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly Professor John Ario Katili passed away on June 19, 2008 in Jakarta. John Ario Katili had served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1992 to 1997. Previously served as Director General of Geology and Mineral Resources Department of Mining and Energy 1984 to 1989. In addition to his career in the legislature and government, John Katili also served as Vice Rector of the Institute of Technology Bandung and the Dean of the Department of Mineral Technology Bandung Institute of Technology. Professor of Bandung Institute of Technology has written about 11 books and 250 papers. His expertise in geology is highly respected in the international world. John Katili has been the Chair of the South East Asia of Geological Societies and a member of The National Geographyc Society. For his various devotions, John Katili was awarded the Star of Mahaputra, the Honors Medal of the Commandeur de L'Ordre National du Merite of the French government. A number of awards were also obtained from the governments of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, Sweden and Russia.

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