Indonesia’s Foreign Affairs Minister said that he does
not accept Australia’s reason for bugging. This was conveyed by Foreign Affairs
Minister Marty M. Natalegawa at the press meeting with various media at the
Nusantara Hall, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pejambon, Jakarta, this afternoon
(11/18). “We cannot accept the fact the
bugging of Indonesian leaders on the pretext of Australian national
interest. This goes against
international law, and clearly against friendship relations between the two
The firm statement of the Minister was accompanied by
concrete steps, one of them the call for the Ad Interim Representative of the
Australian Embassy in Jakarta and the discussion with the Australian Foreign
Affairs Minister a while ago in India. “With the Australian Foreign Affairs
Minister we discussed for more than two hours, conveying to him that we cannot leave this matter hanging like
this and hope that our relations will turn to normal as previously."
Not just with the Australian side, the Indonesian
Ambassador in Canberra was also called to Jakarta for further consolidation.
“We called the Indonesian Ambassador in Canberra to consult about the latest
developments we are absorbed with at the
moment. This is an action that we think holds
a clear message for the
Besides for consultation, the call for the Indonesian
Ambassador to Australia was also a step to review bilateral cooperation of the two nations,
especially in the sector of information and exchanging of intelligence between Indonesia and Australia.
action that Australia and some other countries carried out by bugging, Foreign
Affairs Minister Marty said that collaboration in the sector of exchanging
information is actually very beneficial to both nations, even for the region on
a wider scope. In this case, between Indonesia and Australia and other
countries cooperation has been carried out formally.
"Thanks to this collaboration , for example, we have
succeeded in uncovering the threat of
terrorism, and the people trafficking
network,” stressed Foreign Affairs Minister Marty.
Then, what is the advantage, what’s the rationale of
bugging the Head of State, the President, the First Lady, Ministers,
what’s the reason? I find that Australia must account for this
erroneous action , continued Foreign Affairs Minister on a different note.
Indonesia Pushes for Formulation of
the UN Resolution
action that Indonesia is pushing for is
formulating of the UN Resolution to press for international control over bugging and intelligence
Indonesia together with Brazil and Germany at the moment
are collaborating to introduce a resolution that requests and demands that the
Governments of UN member nations create
a principle of accountability in
gathering actions of information and intelligence.
"Indonesia’s efforts are not just bilateral, not just regional, but
also global, together with countries that share the same views, like Brazil,
Germany, and other countries.”
At the end of the interview, Indonesia’s Foreign Affairs
Minister said that bugging one another and espionage are actions that are outdated and way behind.
"This is not the Cold-War era. In the 21st Century I
think that the issue of bugging like this should be far behind us. So we should
be firm, direct, measurable, in conveying our attitude,” Foreign Affairs
Minister Marty concluded. (Source: Dit. Infomed/Ed. PY)