Statement on the planned burning of the Al-Quran by Reverend Terry Jones and his followers

Statement
by the President of the Republic of Indonesia on the planned burning of the Al-Quran by Reverend Terry Jones and his followers
Jakarta, 10 September 2010

I stand before you, accompanied by leaders of all faiths in Indonesia: Christianity, Catholicism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and of course, Islam. All of us, without exception, as also the entire Indonesian nation, have strong commitment to peace, harmony and tolerance among nations, religions and peoples.

We stand here collectively, as the world is facing a grave threat and danger.
What is being planned by Reverend Terry Jones and his followers in Florida, the United States of America, to openly and before the public, burn the Holy Al-Qur’an, not only wound the feelings of the Islamic Ummah but, I am also certain, the feelings of the followers of other faiths, and indeed, can threaten international peace and security.

I am, of course, aware of the reported cancellation of the heinous act by reverend Terry Jones. However, none of us can be complacent; until such despicable idea is totally extinguished.
Therefore, I continue to urge the Government and People of the United States, to ensure the prevention of such incomprehensible, irrational and immoral act.

The values of the American nation which emphasize tolerance, freedom of religion and common sense are being tested.

Hence, once again, the Government and the American nation must continue to take serious action to prevent and stop such uncivilized act. The United Nations must also immediately act to ensure that international peace and security is not threatened by the act of a group of irresponsible people.

The United Nations Declaration on Human Rights very clearly stipulates that individual rights and freedoms have their limitations, especially when related to morality and public order. The United Nations Security Council also has the mandate and responsibility to maintain international peace and security.

I believe that the act of burning the Holy Script of a religion will incite horizontal conflict in virtually all parts of the world and can incite violent action and wide retaliation that can cause large number of victims. Despite the reported cancellation of the planned burning of the Holy Al-Qur’an, I urge the Security Council of the United Nations to be seized of the matter and to be ready at all time to convene and take necessary action.

Indonesia calls on all states, and followers of faiths all around the world, to unite and act together to prevent the uncivilized intention of Reverend Terry Jones to burn the Holy Al- Qur’an.

Indonesia also urges and calls on followers of all faiths throughout the world, including in our own country, not to be provoked and trapped into taking horizontal acts of violence which will further complicate the issue.

Once again, this is a very serious issue. We must act quickly and decisively now to prevent conflict and violence between faiths; and instead, build harmony among religions and civilizations, as well as to continue to maintain international peace and security.

Jakarta, 10 September 2010.
The President of the Republic of Indonesia
DR. H. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono