Why Not Bali?

Editorial: We Humbly Recommend Bali as the Location for Peace Talks Between North Korea, South Korea and the U.S.A.
A historic summit is planned between the leaders of North Korea, South Korea and the United States in late May or early June 2018.

The three countries who have officially been at war since 1950 means the proposed summit will be the first time a sitting U.S. President and the leader of North Korea have met.

North Korea’s acquisition of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles in combination with bellicose threats by both North Korean President Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald J. Trump to resort to the use of nuclear weapons, have precipitated the talks now seen as fundamental to future world peace. Also participating in the talks as an equal partner will be the President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, who, since his election in 2017, has consistently sought to lower tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Why Not Bali?

In order for the all-important peace talks to go forward, a suitable location is being sought to host the talks. Numerous venues, presumed to be acceptable to both the USA and North Korean, are under consideration, including: Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Switzerland, Sweden, North Korea, South Korea, Russia and Mongolia

To our mind, missing from the list is the Island of Bali, Indonesia that could prove highly conducive for the historic peace talks for a number of reasons:
  • The U.S.A., South Korea and North Korea all enjoy diplomatic relations with Indonesia.
  • Bali’s Governor has proclaimed Bali the “Island of Love” making the Island a particularly fitting place for discussing an end to nearly 75 years of hostilities.
  • Geographically, Bali is well situated for flights from either North and South Korea that will bring Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in to the talks. Some have suggested the North Korean leader may, in fact, lack a suitable aircraft for the trip. If that is the case, perhaps Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo could offer to lend his relatively newly minted Presidential aircraft to the North Korean leader for the trip?
  • Bali’s Nusa Dua Complex is arguably the best venue for high level talks involving world leaders demanding the highest levels of security. The APEC meeting in 2013 attended by more than 22 heads of state and the coming IMF-World Bank Summit in October 2018, means tested measure and protocols are already in place that will ensure security for any Bali Peace Conference. What's more, security experts worldwide acknowledge the ability to establish multi-layered “cordon sanitaires” surrounding Nusa Dua – the most likely venue for such talks in Bali.
In fact, the only conceivable obstacle to holding the suggested tripartite peace talks are Bali's plans to hold Gubernatorial Elections on June 27th and the lively campaign process preceding the poll. But, from our perspective, the ongoing campaign to become Bali’s next Governor is proving to be remarkably non-acrimonious. Moreover, we have an unshakeable faith that the peace-loving Balinese, who have an ancient annual tradition of 24-hours of silence on “Nyepi,” would accept and have little problem declaring a “time out” from campaigning for the few days required to safely host such a momentous event.

Because Bali is the “Island of Peace” and new beginnings, the idea of world leaders traveling to Bali to seek peace sounds very good to us.