President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said Indonesia did not want to be trapped in the dichotomy of climate change discussions between two interests in the world.
President Yudhoyono made the statement after listening to a report from Indonesian representatives about the preparation of the country`s participation in the 62nd UN General Assembly at UN Plaza`s Millennium Hotel in New York Sunday night.
The Indonesian head of state admitted that there were two opinions about the meaning of climate change. He said that the first opinion was that the climate change did not pose a threat, and the second one was that it was a real threat to the world.
Therefore, Yudhoyono added that Indonesia did not want to be trapped in the dichotomy.
“In fact we have been suffering from the result of climate changes,” Yudhoyono said, referring to droughts, floods, landslides, and tidal waves (tsunami) which had hit several parts of the country.
Consequently, the president said the Indonesian government has opted to something in its effort to save the earth from further destruction.
“Therefore, the issue of climate change is real,” Yudhoyono said, adding that the objective of his participation in the UN forum on climate change was to strengthen Indonesia`s position in gaining concrete benefit from global cooperation.
According to the president, Indonesia has the world`s second largest tropical rain forests after Brazil.
“In addition, we have a large amazon of the seas. On the other hand, Indonesia is considered a contributor of carbon dioxide because of the frequent forest fires in the country,” Yudhoyono said.