Free download: English Speech. Title: An Opening/Address Speech by the President of Indonesia, Ir. Soekarno, at the Asian – African Conference (Bandung, 17th – 24th April, 1955). File: pdf. Date of speech: 17th April, 1955. Source: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia (sous la dir.). ‘Asia-Africa speak from Bandung’. Djakarta: 1955, p. 19-29. Re-upload by: har.
An Opening/Address Speech by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Ir. Soekarno, at the Asian – African Conference (Bandung, 17th – 24th April, 1955)
Ladies and Gentlemen, Sisters and Brothers.
It is my great honour and privilege on this historic day to bid you welcome to Indonesia. On behalf of the people and government of Indonesia – your hosts – I beg your understanding and forbearance if some circumstances in our country do not meet your expectation. We have, I assure you, done our best to make your stay amongst us memorable for both our guests and your hosts. We hope that the warmth of our welcome will compensate for whatever material shortcomings there may be.
As I survey this hall and the distinguished guests gathered here, my heart is filled with emotion. This is the first intercontinental conference of coloured peoples in the history of mankind! I am proud that my country is your host. I am happy that you were able to accept the invitations extended by the Five Sponsoring Countries. But also I cannot restrain feelings of sadness when I recall the tribulations through which many of our peoples have so recently passed, tribulations which have exacted a heavy toll in life, in material things, and in the things of the spirit.
I recognise that we are gathered here today as a result of sacrifices. Sacrifices made by our forefathers and by the people of our own and younger generations. For me, this hall is filled not only by the leaders of the nations of Asia and Africa; it also contains within its walls the undying, the indomitable, the invincible spirit of those who went before us. Their struggle and sacrifice paved the way for this meeting of the highest representatives of independent and sovereign nations from two of the biggest continents of the globe.