BANDUNG, Indonesia, April 24 (Xinhuanet) -- Leaders
of 43 Asian and African countries began the commemoration of the golden jubilee
of the Bandung Conference with historic walks from Savoy Homann Hotel to Merdeka
Building here on Sunday.
Chinese President Hu Jintao was among the leaders present.
city of flower, is Indonesia's fourth largest city, with pleasant climate and
|Leaders of 43 Asian and African countries
began the commemoration of the golden jubilee of the Bandung Conference
with historic walks from Savoy Homann Hotel to Merdeka Building here on
In 1955, 29 Asian-African countries gathered here to
discuss independence, peace and economic prosperity.
At dawn of Monday, April 18, 1955, around at 8:00
a.m., the delegates began to emerge from Homann and Preanger Hotels. In groups,
they walked to the Merdeka Building for the opening rites, which has been known
as "The Bandung Walks."
The Bandung Conference adopted a final communique
containing ten principles, which were the basic principles for promoting global
peace and cooperation.
Asian-African leaders of new generation Sunday
visited the place to commemorate the golden jubilee of the conference.
The leaders walked in several rows to the Merdeka
Building and took part in a brief rite. They were greeted by young Indonesians
in national costumes lining both sides of the street and singing and dancing.
Security was tight with police and military officers
blocking the way heading to the historic Merdeka Building in the West Java
capital, some 150 km south of Jakarta.
The commemoration was held after a two-day summit in Jakarta that adopted the joint declaration on the New Asia-Africa Strategic Partnership and leaders' statement on tsunami, earthquake and other natural disasters.
|Sitting on the wheelchair, Indonesian veteran diplomat Roeslan Abdulgani, the secretary general of the 1955 Asian-African Conference in Bandung, attends the golden jubilee commemoration of the Asian African Conference 1955 in Bandung April 24. (Xinhua)|
After the leaders arrived at the Merdeka Building,
they posed for a group photo.
The rite began with university students singing
Welcoming speeches were given by leaders from
Indonesia, the host; Nigeria, representing African countries; India,
representing Asian countries; and Trinidad and Tobago, representing
Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said,
"Fifty years ago, within this walls, the first generation of leaders of the two
great continents came together and held the first Asian-African Conference."
"We come here today to remember and to honor, but we
also come to reaffirm and rejuvenate," he said.
"One day, all of us who are gathered here will be
judged by history. The judgment will not be based on what we say here, nor on
what we said in the summit we just held," he said.
"History will judge us on the basis of what we do in
the days, months and years ahead -- whether we are true to the Bandung Spirit,
or we fail it through failure of political nerve," Susilo added.
"We will be judged on how dedicated we are to our
Strategic Partnership, on whether we can make it work to ensure a better life
for our children's children.
"Let us therefore work together, so that we will
deserve the kindness of history," He stressed.
After the speeches, Susilo and South African
President Thabo Mbeki formally signed the Declaration on the New Asian-African
The ceremony ended with Indonesian university
students singing the song "South of Bandung at Night" in praise of the heroic
spirit of local people. Enditem