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Jakarta Post

SBY demands code of ethics for RI-Oz relations

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 26, 2013   /  09:51 pm

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono wants to a establish a protocol and code of ethics on Indonesia-Australia cooperation that will regulate relations of the two countries in the future, following the alleged wiretapping operations conducted by Australia on several high-ranking Indonesian officials.

'€œI fully endorse the establishment of a protocol and code of ethics for Indonesia-Australia bilateral ties, I have proposed this to the Australian prime minister and he has agreed with the idea,'€ said Yudhoyono at the Presidential Office in Jakarta on Tuesday evening as quoted by Antara news agency.

The President earlier said he would assign Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa or a special envoy to discuss deeper and more sensitive issues on Indonesia-Australia bilateral relations following the revelation of the spying operations.

'€œAfter the two parties reach a '€˜mutual understanding'€™ and a '€˜mutual agreement'€™, I do hope that this can be followed with a comprehensive discussion on the establishment of the protocol and code of ethics,'€ said Yudhoyono.

The President asserted that he himself would check the draft protocol and code of ethics to see whether they were comprehensive enough and had fulfilled Indonesia'€™s interests following the wiretapping scandal before the two heads of state gave their approval.

'€œWhen the protocol and code of ethics are ready to be approved, I want to make sure that both Prime Minister Tony Abbott and myself are present ,'€ Yudhoyono said. (ebf)

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