FACTBOX - Highlights from Obama's Indonesia speech


  • World
  • Wednesday, 10 Nov 2010

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Following are selected highlights of a speech on Wednesday given by U.S. President Barack Obama at the University of Indonesia:

ON DEVELOPMENT

"America has a stake in an Indonesia that plays its rightful role in shaping the global economy. Gone are the days when seven or eight countries could come together to determine the direction of global markets. That is why the G20 is now the centre of international economic cooperation, so that emerging economies

like Indonesia have a greater voice and bear greater responsibility. And through its leadership of the G20's anti-corruption group, Indonesia should lead on the world stage and by example in embracing transparency and accountability."

America has a stake in an Indonesia that pursues sustainable development, because the way we grow will determine the quality of our lives and the health of our planet. That is why we are developing clean energy technologies that can power industry and preserve Indonesia's precious natural resources -- and America

welcomes your country's strong leadership in the global effort to combat climate change."

ON DEMOCRACY

"Today, we sometimes hear that democracy stands in the way of economic progress. This is not a new argument. Particularly in times of change and economic uncertainty, some will say that it is easier to take a shortcut to development by trading away the rights of human beings for the power of the state. But that is

not what I saw on my trip to India, and that is not what I see in Indonesia. Your achievements demonstrate that democracy and development reinforce one another."

"The nations of Southeast Asia must have the right to determine their own destiny, and the United States will strongly support that right. But the people of Southeast Asia must have the right to determine their own destiny as well. That is why we

condemned elections in Burma that were neither free nor fair. That is why we are supporting your vibrant civil society in working with counterparts across this region. Because there is no reason why respect for human rights should stop at the border of

any country."

"Prosperity without freedom is just another form of poverty."

ON RELIGION

"Relations between the United States and Muslim communities have frayed over many years. As President, I have made it a priority to begin to repair these relations."

"I have made it clear that America is not, and never will be, at war with Islam. Instead, all of us must defeat al Qaeda and its affiliates, who have no claim to be leaders of any religion -- certainly not a great, world religion like Islam."

"In Afghanistan, we continue to work with a coalition of nations to build the capacity of the Afghan government to secure its future. Our shared interest is in building peace in a war-torn land - a peace that provides no safe haven for violent

extremists, and that provides hope for the Afghan people."

"In the Middle East, we have faced false starts and setbacks, but we have been persistent in our pursuit of peace. Israelis and Palestinians restarted direct talks, but enormous obstacles remain. There should be no illusions that peace and security will

come easy. But let there be no doubt: we will spare no effort in working for the outcome that is just, and that is in the interest of all the parties involved: two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security."

(Editing by Ron Popeski)

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