Yesterday, President Susilo Bambang Yudoyono (SBY) made a last minute cancellation of his visit to Holland.
SBY told reporters that he canceled the visit because a Court in The Hague examined a petition filed by a rebel group in southern part of Maluku province (RMS), requesting for the arrest of SBY for human right violation. He said that he is not afraid to be arrested, but he felt that such Court proceedings insults the national pride of Indonesia.
The Dutch government regretted the cancellation, saying that it has offered SBY diplomatic immunity against criminal prosecutions.
Meanwhile, the Court in The Hague has rejected the RMS's petition, due to which RMS plan to file an appeal against said ruling.
SBY's said decision was supported by government officials and members of his Democrat Party, while political observers and the opposition regarded it as an undiplomatic action that draw world attention on the RMS as a tiny rebel group. They questioned the credibility of our inteligence agency and the presidential Security Unit (Paspampres) in preparing for the visit.
Considering the above, I felt that the said cancellation has given RMS the biggest benefit since it declared independence and crushed in 1950 i.e. world attention they really need right now as a tiny unknown rebel organization.
From now on, I hope that the government would be more careful in handling such matters, e.g by acquiring professional advice from world class experts in international relation and law.
Related acrticles :
- Breaking News: 'Insulted' Indonesian President Cancels Dutch State Visit (The Jakarta Globe)
- RMS admits defeat, plans to file appeal after SBY rearrange Dutch visit (The Jakarta Post)
- Republik Maluku Selatan (Wikipedia)