In Memoriam: Indonesia’s Former Foreign Minister Mochtar Kusumaatmadja Dies
Former Indonesian foreign minister Mochtar Kusumaatmadja, one of the key persons in the Juanda Declaration that integrates the entire territory of Indonesia and gains international recognition as an archipelagic state, died Sunday, June 6.
He was 92. Mochtar died at 9:00 am, according to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Teuku Faizasyah. Faizasyah, however, said that he has not received further information about the cause of death.
“No further information [about the cause of death] so far,” Faizasyah told Kompas.com. He said that the deceased would be buried at the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery in South Jakarta.
Born on February 17, 1929, Mochtar was first appointed foreign minister in March 1978, replacing Adam Malik. Mochtar served as the Indonesian foreign minister for two terms until 1988. Prior to that, he served as justice minister from 1973 to 1978.
Mochtar studied International Law at the University of Indonesia and graduated in 1955. A year after, he earned his degree in Master of Laws (LL.M) from Yale University in the US in 1956. Before he was appointed as justice minister by then-President Soeharto, Mochtar was a lecturer at the Faculty of Law in Padjajaran University in Bandung, West Java. He was later appointed as Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law in Padjajaran University and Rector in 1972.
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