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THE INDONESIAN ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF
   ON MULTILATERAL MEETING OF
       THE 12TH ACAMM 2011



          Jakarta, Oct 26th 2011
The honorable ASEAN Chiefs of Armies
and Distinguished delegations,

      First of all let offer our utmost
gratitude and praise to the Divine God,
that with His blessing and grace we are all
able to assemble here in good health.
      As the Indonesian National Army
Chief of Staff and in person, allow me to
offer my highest appreciation to all ASEAN
Chiefs of Armies for attending our
invitation for this year's Multilateral
Meeting event in Jakarta to discuss various
matters in improving cooperation among
ASEAN Armies.
     On this auspicious occasion, on behalf of
Indonesian National Army and also the citizens
of Indonesia allow me to convey our deepest
concern and sincerest sympathy to our
brothers and sisters in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos,
Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines for the
flood disaster that has taken numerous lives.
We pray and hope for the disaster will soon ease
and the condition of our brothers and sisters
in those areas will soon back to normal.
The Honorable ASEAN Chiefs of Armies and
Distinguished delegations,
     We have all understood that
cooperation among Armies in the ASEAN
states has been developed for a long time,
based on mutual respect and mutual
consideration.
     We share the same commitment to
promote South East Asian regional stability
and also world peace in general, with
consistent participation in every effort to
create regional stability and world peace
under the flag of the United Nations.
Naturally, all of the above are the
implementation of our respective Armed
Forces policy and foreign politics.
     The Indonesian Army is committed to
continuously develop close relationship
with all Armies of the ASEAN member
states.

     Cooperation between Armies has
been implemented through education and
exercise, personnel exchange or Senior
Officers’ visit.
The Honorable ASEAN Chiefs of Armies and
Distinguished delegations,
     In the light of this year’s ACAMM
theme, “Developing ASEAN Armies’
Cooperation in Disaster Relief in South East
Asia”    with    highlighting    point   on
“Implementing the ‘Quick Response’ when
disaster strikes in the South East Asian
region”, allow me deliver the Indonesian
Army’s perspective.
      As we have all understood, the South
East Asian region is prone to natural disasters,
whether earthquake, tsunami, landslide or
flood such as currently happened in some
friendship countries.
     This condition has been a shared concern
of South East Asian states and the world in
general to enhance the cooperation in
humanitarian assistance and disaster relief
operations.
The Honorable ASEAN Chiefs of Armies and
Distinguished delegations,
     Acknowledging the importance of this
emergency response operation, the
leaders of the ASEAN member states have
agreed with several agreements and
concepts to improve the cooperation and
coordination in humanitarian assistance
and disaster relief efforts, such as:
a. The ASEAN Agreement on Disaster
   Management and Emergency Response
   (AADMER),

b. Establishment of the ASEAN Coordinating
   Center for Humanitarian Assistance and
   Disaster Management (AHA),
c. Concept of The Use of ASEAN Military Assets
   and Capacities in Humanitarian Assistance
   and Disaster Relief, and also

d. The establishment of Joint Coordinating
   Committee (JCC) under the mechanism of
   ASEAN Chiefs of Defense Forces Informal
   Meeting (ACDFIM).
      Past experience witnessed the military,
including the Armies in the ASEAN states, had
always played key roles in the humanitarian
assistance and disaster relief operations.

      Therefore, it is our belief that there is a
need of an improvement and an agreement
on joint cooperation and coordination among
all Armies of the ASEAN member states.
     The aim of the enhancement as well as
an agreement of joint cooperation and
coordination is to implement the concept of
the use of assets and military capacities of
ASEAN military in humanitarian assistance
and disaster relief and also, to ensure that
all operations of Armies in the ASEAN
member states can be executed effectively
in the regional or international theater.
The Honorable ASEAN Chiefs of Armies and
Distinguished delegations,

     The deployment of ASEAN Armies for
humanitarian assistance and disaster relief
operations remains under the coordination
of the respective state’s Armed Forces
coordination and mission. It also has to
embrace the following principles :
a. Honoring the sovereignty and integrity and
   also laws and national regulations in the
   affected member state;
b. All activities must be under the guidance,
   control and coordination of the affected
   member state;
c. Disregarding political, religion and ideology
   conflicts;
d. Without discrimination of ethnicity, gender,
   nationality, political views, race and religion.
      We have witnessed such principles
implemented during the humanitarian
assistance and disaster relief operation after
the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in
the Province of Aceh, Indonesia in 2004. The
operation was conducted successfully
through International cooperation with
mutual respect without any discrimination
of any kind.
The Honorable ASEAN Chiefs of Armies and
Distinguished delegations,
      The aforementioned assets and
capacities of Armies in the ASEAN member
states should also be used with and in
synergy with available civilian assets. This is
important to improve coordination between
civil and military in humanitarian assistance
and disaster relief operation.
     For immediate response, the decision
on assets and capacities of the Army for
humanitarian assistance and disaster relief
operation lies on the respective state’s
Armed Forces and based on the needs to
reduce or minimize the impact of a
disaster.
     Each Army from ASEAN member
states will voluntarily prepare available
assets and capacities for the planning of
the operation.
     The final decision on the deployment,
time and duration of the deployment rests
on the Head of State’s or Head of
Government of participating countries and
the affected state.
The Honorable ASEAN Chiefs of Armies and
Distinguished delegations,

     The type of Army’s assets to be
effectively deployed include medical units,
engineers, infantry, logistic, transportation,
aviation and so on, in the form of unit, as
needed in the field.
     In addition, the required capabilities
and capacities include transportation
means for self-use, victims and troops
from other states. Furthermore, the
expertise of personnels in disaster
management and technology is also highly
needed for every aspect of management,
planning, operations and logistics.
     Those assets and capacities should be
communicated with the respective state’s
Armed Forces, related organizations and
also AHA Center so that the execution will
be effective, efficient and reduce overlaps.
The Honorable ASEAN Chiefs of Armies and
Distinguished delegations,
     The entire relief actions remains the
responsibility of the affected member
state. In this humanitarian assistance and
disaster relief operation, the Army is part
of the respective Armed Forces’ mission
that can be deployed through bilateral or
under ASEAN agreements.
     Those involvement of assets and
capacities are without any financial
commitment except an agreement exist
among     participating    countries    or
regulated with international agreement.
     The personnels from the assisting
Armies are allowed to wear their own
uniform and complemented with an agreed
insignia. Furthermore, those personnels
deployed for humanitarian assistance and
disaster relief operations are not permitted
to carry any weapons during official duties
unless otherwise agreed beforehand.
The Honorable ASEAN Chiefs of Armies and
Distinguished delegations,
     With the use of military assets and
capacities, including the Armies, for the
sake of ASEAN readiness, then the use of
those two will be coordinated and
communicated through a procedure
established by each Armed Forces, AADMER
and AHA Center.
     To facilitate the possibility of joint
operations in disaster area, each Army of
ASEAN member states will appoint
personnel or organization that can be
contacted anytime (Person of Contact/POC)
for coordination and facilitate information
exchange.
The Honorable ASEAN Chiefs of Armies and
Distinguished delegations,
      Emergency Response plan will be
executed when disaster strikes and upon
request from affected member state according to
agreed time frame. As the Joint Coordinating
Committee under the ACDFIM mechanism is still
formulating a Standard Operating Procedure
(SOP), then for the time being the SOP in
reference to AADMER will be used.
     To implement an effective and
punctual emergency response, each Army
will abide to the established timeframe
after receiving orders from each respective
member state and after receiving request
from affected member state. Time frame for
deployment is the first thirty (30) days after
the disaster stroke or otherwise determined
by the affected member state.
    To elaborate further, we propose the
general response category as follows:
a. Deployment, within 0-24 hours;
b. Search and Rescue, within 0-48 hours;
c. Emergency Relief, within 0-5 days;
d. Relief Support, within 0-4 weeks.
The Honorable ASEAN Chiefs of Armies and
Distinguished delegations,

      Another important issue that needs
our immediate attention is the education
and exercise for humanitarian and disaster
relief operations.
     The enhancement of readiness and the
effectiveness of the assets and capacities of
Armies in the ASEAN member states should
be continuously maintained through education
and exercise in humanitarian assistance and
disaster relief such as land navigation,
command post exercise, field exercise,
seminar and workshop.
The Honorable ASEAN Chiefs of Armies and
Distinguished delegations,
      At the end of this multilateral meeting,
it is our hope that all ASEAN Chiefs of Army
would come to an agreement on a Joint
Statement on the enhancement of Armies in
the ASEAN states cooperation, especially in
the humanitarian assistance and disaster
relief operations that includes :
a. To strengthen the cooperation among
Armies in the ASEAN states through
practical and concrete cooperative
activities with a view to enhance their
capacities in humanitarian assistance and
disaster relief operations.
b. To encourage Armies in the ASEAN
states to earmark their assets and
capacities, on voluntary basis, for
humanitarian assistance and disaster relief
operations.
c. To encourage a meeting among
Armies in the ASEAN states’ Senior Officers
to discuss and formulate all necessary
arrangement for the Armies in the ASEAN
states in humanitarian assistance and
disaster relief operations.
d. To fully render this year’s ACAMM
outcomes for the coming ASEAN Chiefs of
Defence Forces Informal Meeting in the
year 2012.
The Honorable ASEAN Chiefs of Armies and
Distinguished delegations,
      In the future, the Indonesian National
Army wishes to have a more improved
cooperation especially in exercise and joint
exercise or information exchange, which we
believe will be essential for the
advancement of each Army in South East
Asia.
     It is my honor to have experience
our cooperation based on sincerity,
mutual respect, mutual consideration
and also the spirit of ASEAN, which in my
point of view has been in continuity as
we expected, especially to improve our
soldiers’ professionalism.
   Once again, allow me to offer my
utmost gratitude for the establishment of
such cooperation, and it is our hope that
it can be continuously implemented to
strengthen the relationship among the
Armies in the ASEAN states.
   May the Almighty God bestowed upon
us his protection in the service to our state
and nation.


           “THANK YOU”

				
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