Nov. 8 - Indonesia's president opens the 5th Bali Democracy Forum, telling fellow leaders they have a common interest in promoting democratic principles. Simon Hanna reports.
The 5th Bali Democracy Forum opened on Thursday with representatives from 73 countries in attendance. The two day forum is co chaired by South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono - who urged commitment to democracy. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INDONESIA PRESIDENT SUSILO BAMBANG YUDHOYONO: "Commitment for democracy should not be taken for granted as it may weaken when people are faced with pressing political, economic and social challenges. This is why our forum becomes even more relevant in the future." Julia Gillard said democratic values would lead to greater international peace. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER JULIA GILLARD: "Australia is committed to internationally stated and agreed values of development, democracy and peace, above all the right of all societies and nations to exist and security and peace." High profile attendees in this year's meeting include Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who's attending for the first time.