A man walks in front of a mural dedicated for health workers in Depok, West Java, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic on April 7. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Indonesia Has No Intention to 'Investigate' WHO

BY :NATASIA CHRISTY WAHYUNI

MAY 19, 2020

Jakarta. The Indonesian government has denied reports that it supports an independent inquiry toward the World Health Organization over its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic during the World Health Assembly that kicked off on Monday.

In fact, there was no such a proposed resolution calling for an independent investigation, Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said.

“There is no reference in the draft resolution implying an inquiry. What is being proposed is an evaluation based on consultations among member countries when needed,” Teuku said.

He also denied the existence of a coalition seeking for an investigation of the WHO.

“The appropriate term for this multilateral cooperation is a number of countries becoming co-sponsors of a draft resolution,” he said. 

He was responding to a report from Australia’s ABC News saying that Indonesia was among a coalition of 62 countries which calls for an "impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation" of "the WHO-coordinated international health response to Covid-19", initiated by Australia and the European Union.

Teuku said the draft resolution sought to make sure that "lesson was learned" from the current coordinated international measures under the WHO in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It’s not [a call] for an independent inquiry,” he said.

The motion by the EU and Australia reportedly has drawn condemnation from Beijing who called it a “political attack on China”.

During the Monday’s virtual UN’s World Health Assembly, the United States accused the World Health Organization (WHO) of allowing the Covid-19 outbreak to spin "out of control".

"There was a failure by this organization to obtain the information that the world needed," US health secretary Alex Azar was quoted by BBC as saying.

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