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Twenty Fifth Anniversary of the Bandung Conference

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Mo. M62iv Date 24 April 1980 THE HON. ANDREW PEACOCK M.P.


The following is the text of a message from the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Andrew Peacock to the Foreign Minister of Indonesia, Dr ;Mochtar Kusumaatmadja, marking the twenty fifth anniversary of the Bandung Conference.

"I write to you on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Afro-Asian Conference to convey my best wishes to you and your Government on this historic occasion.

The first Afro-Asian Conference was one of the most significant developments in international relations during the period following World War II. In particular the Conference marked the emergence of the world state of the New Nations of Asia and Africa as well as the non-aligned movement, in which

Indonesia has pLayed such a prominent part. Whilst many changes and developments have taken place since that time, the commemoration of the anniversary of the Conference on Indonesian soil is a fitting reminder of the role played by

Indonesia.-'.in this process.

The non-aligned movement has since emerged as a significant force in international affairs and Australia . . . continues to follow its workings with great interest. We fully support all moves designed to reaffirm the movement's adherence to.dts original principles and we welcome the efforts which

Indonesia has made towards this objective.

In his statement on the Bandung Conference in April 1955, the then Australian Australian Minister for External Affairs, the Rt Hon. R.G. Casey said: ยท

"We do not oppose meetings of any groups of nations - of whatever combination. We hope and trust such meetings will promote goodwill all round and peace and progress. And so it is with the Bandung Conference - which we welcome

in this light."

In reaffirming Mr Casey's sentiments, fifth anniversary celebrations every success." I wish the twenty