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Jakarta Post

Yudhoyono gets lost in translation at UN

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

New York   /   Sat, September 29 2012   /  10:06 am

Some of the luster of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s visit to New York faded earlier this week after he apparently fumbled a press conference at United Nations headquarters.

Yudhoyono backed out of a reception hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after the awkward incident on Wednesday, even though his presence had been confirmed by Indonesian officials, according to some delegates.

Instead, the President went directly to the Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, where he has been staying while in town for the General Assembly.

The incident began at a press conference on Wednesday featuring Yudhoyono, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and UK Prime Minister David Cameron on stage to discuss the High-level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda, which the trio co-chair.

As the press conference proceeded, an apparently confused President did not respond ...