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2 Aug, 2013

Indonesia Assures No Spying On Foreign Leaders During APEC Summit In Bali

From Ahmad Fuad Yahya

JAKARTA, Indonesia Aug 1 (NNN-Bernama) — Indonesia has given an assuarance that its intelligence services will not spy on foreign heads of state during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit in Bali in October.

Spokesman for Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Julian Aldrin Pasha said Indonesia as host of the summit would act ethically towards its guests.

“We know what’s decent and not, ethical and unethical. And in this case, bugging is not something ethical to do in building good interactions and communications in both bilateral and multilateral relations or in international relations.

“Therefore, we will not engage in any indecent practice or conduct that violates international norms,” he said in Jember, East Java, Wednesday.

His statement follows revelations that US and British intelligence spied on President Yudhoyono and intercepted the Indonesian communications during the G20 summit in London in 2009.–NNN-BERNAMA