HC Deb 10 July 2003 vol 408 cc983-4W
Mr. Win Griffiths

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the support being given to aid the process of reform that the Indonesian Government is undertaking. [124168]

Mr. Mike O'Brien

The British Government aim to assist Indonesia in making a success of its democratic reform. A stable, democratic, peaceful Indonesia is important. We support the work of the Governance Partnership, which is undertaking research to help develop a constituency for governance reform, and which is supporting the rule of law, police reform and anti-corruption initiatives. Through the United Nations we will be making a major contribution to the 2004 National and Presidential Elections. We are developing, with the Indonesian Government and the World Bank, a programme to support the establishment of effective local government. The UK has supported the training of judges (we provided human rights training for five Supreme Court Judges in March this year). From our Global Conflict Prevention Pool (GCPP) we have supported a free and independent media by holding workshops on security and peace journalism for journalists and editors in Jakarta. We also work through multilateral channels including the EU, Asian Development Bank and International Monetary Fund for various aspects of reform, including economic reform, democracy building, human rights and conflict prevention.

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