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President leads World Peace Day event in Ambon

Rabu, 25 November 2009 14:29 WIB | 491 Views
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono delivers his speech during The Commemoration of World Peace Day 2009 in Ambon (11/24). (ANTARA/Rumgapres/haryanto)
Ambon, Maluku Province (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono led a commemoration of World Peace Day 2009 in Ambon, Wednesday.

Ambon was appointed by the United Nations as the 34th World Peace site, after a social conflict broke out in the city in 1999.

The capital of Maluku Province has been selected to host the World Peace Day celebration to show the world that the situation in Ambon had now become peaceful and secured.

The president, accompanied by Mrs Ani Yudhoyono, arrived at Pattimura airport here at 2.30 pm Eastern Indonesian Time on Tuesday and was driven straight to the Maluku governor`s official residence where the head of state would stay during his visit to the province.

The head of state struck a gong of peace, which was made by an artist from Jepara, Central Java in 2002, to mark the peak of the World Peace Day function.

The Peace Gong was stricken for the first time by then president Megawati Soekarnoputri, on December 31, 2003 when launching Indonesia`s Peace Year.

And later the UN Secretary General struck the Peace Gong in Geneva to officially open the Second Global Summit on World Peace, also in 2003.

The UN has declared September 21 as the World Peace Day. But this year`s commemoration of the World Peace Day has been postponed to November 25, 2009, because September 21, 2009 coincided with the Idul Fitri Islamic festivity.

Among those attending the function in Ambon was People`s Welfare Coordinating Minister Agung Laksono, Political, Legal and Security Affairs Coordinating Minister Djoko Suyanto, Communication and Informatics Minister Tifatul Sembiring, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Youth and Sports Minister Andi Mallarangeng, Women`s empowerment Minister Linda Gumelar. (*)