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Jakarta Post

`Hassan's boys' shape RI's current diplomacy

  • Abdul Khalik

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 12 2009   /  01:28 pm

Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda has had to call back the Indonesian Ambassador to Cambodia, Ngurah Swajaya, even though he only just got there. Reportedly the minister needed one of his brightest boys to assume a new and more strategic post: The country's ambassador to ASEAN. "The minister really has no choice as he is the best expert on ASEAN," a senior diplomat said last week, referring to the regional grouping of 10 southeast Asian nations. Ngurah was former ASEAN political affairs director at the foreign ministry, and was involved in a number of Indonesia's most high profile negotiations, including the 2008 signing of the ASEAN charter, the grouping's effective constitution, as well as the successful Bali climate talks in December 2007. He is one of "Hassan's boys", a generation of the country's youngest and brightest diplomats which minister Hassan has groomed a...