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Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri, in a veiled criticism
of the US, warned nations today against going it alone in settling
Megawati, in a speech to mark the 36th anniversary of the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), said a recent surge
in unilateralism was a threat to democracy.
"What we need to guard against is that in the course of responding
to security threats, we allow unilateralism to flourish in our
We must not allow that to happen and we must do something about
it," she said.
Indonesia was a staunch opponent of the US war against Iraq, which
was waged without United Nations authorisation.
Despite being preoccupied with efforts to combat terrorism, Asean
should do more to help find peaceful solutions to various global
conflicts, including the crisis stemming from North Korea's
ambition to develop nuclear weapons, Megawati said.
"This is especially so in the light of a surge in unilateralism in
international affairs that has shunted aside the established
democratic ways of resolving disputes between and among nations,"
Asean must act together with the international community "to
restore the rightful place of multilateralism in relations between
and among nations," she said, adding that the United Nations must
be allowed to resume its role in settling international
Megawati also called for a global coalition against terrorism after
the deadly car bomb attack on the US-run JW Marriott hotel in
Jakarta on Tuesday raised fears of a fresh terror campaign in
"It became clear that no single country or group of countries could
overcome this threat alone," she said.
"In Indonesia's view...it would take a global coalition involving
all nations, all societies, religions and cultures to defeat this
Megawati said the September 11 attack on the US, last year's Bali
bombings, and this week's car bomb blast at the Marriott had
awakened the world to the immense danger of terrorism.
Regional cooperation appeared to be inadequate to deal with the
threat, she said.
The Marriott hotel blast on Tuesday killed at least ten people and
injured 146 others.
Police have said they believe the attack was a suicide mission and
that it bore the hallmarks of the Jemaah Islamiyah regional terror
network, which is also blamed for the October 12 Bali bombings.