Friday, August 18, 2006

Now, this is a surprise!


August 18, 2006 Press Release, from THE EMBASSY OF INDONESIA, OSLO, Republic of Indonesia: RI, Norway Agree to Increase Energy and Security Partnership


RI, Norway Agree to Increase Energy and Security Partnership

Following the emergency meeting held by OPEC in Jakarta Wednesday, and which representatives from Norway’s Government and energy sectors observed, the Governments of Indonesia and Norway have agreed to increase cooperation in fields such as energy, trade, politics, and security.

The agreement came following a meeting between Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, in Jakarta, on Wednesday.

A delegation from Norway also met with coordinating minister for the economy Budiono, coordinating minister for politics, law and security Widodo AS, the minister of justice and human rights and minister of fishery Freddy Numbery also held a meeting with its counterpart from the host country.

The cooperation agreement in the energy sector was signed by the president director of Indonesian state-owned oil company PT Pertamina, Ari Soermarno, and the president and CEO of Statoil Helge Lund.

Norway is the world’s third largest oil exporter with a production in 2005-2006 reaching 2.97 million barrels a day, and lays claim to a vast swath of the Arctic, much of it undiscovered, and some of it contested by its Arctic neighbors.

President Yudhoyono emphasized the importance of global cooperation to overcome various national as well as international challenges, including potential threats to each nation’s respective energy supply.

In view of that, the two countries agreed to continue their dialogue on civilization to reduce misunderstanding, which appears to be a growing trend throughout the globe, and source of conflict.

The two leaders also discussed a collaborative peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, as well as forming a joint intelligence task force that would give Indonesian authorities limited access to Norway’s Intelligence gathering, as it pertains to members of white separatist groups based in Northern Europe, and who are now suspected in the tragic events in India, Malaysia and Indonesia on July 27th.

Prime Minister Stoltenberg meanwhile announced an intermediate agreement with President Yudhoyono whereby the former would provide security support to Indonesian armed forces, in effect giving Indonesia a runway and refuel access on the opposite side of the planet, should they require it in the search for, and extradition of suspected terror group members.

On the occasion President Yudhoyono also expressed appreciation to Norway for its assistance investigating the events of 7/27; to victims of tsunami in Aceh; and to recent earthquakes in Yogyakarta and Central Java.

Norway is the biggest donor for Aceh reconstruction contributing up to US$37.6 million.

The Embassy of Indonesia, Oslo, Republic of Indonesia: Press Office