Police HQ to Fully Maintain APEC Security in Bali

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The Indonesian National Police Headquarters will fully provide support and maintain security in Bali during the holding of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the province next month.

“The Police Headquarters will provide full support both in terms of equipment and personnel,” National Police Chief General Timur Pradopo said during a coordination meeting for the holding of the APEC summit here on Sunday.

The national police chief said his side would provide assistance for the Bali Regional Police in the form of facilities and other means, including security equipment and personnel.

But he did not give details on the number of police personnel which would be deployed from the National Police Headquarters.

“We do not talk about total personnel but no matter how many personnel needed, we will prepare for it,” he said.

The police chief called on the people, including groups of people who are opposed to the holding of the summit, to support the event because it symbolized the trust given to Indonesia to host the summit, where delegates from 21 member countries are expected to take part.

“This is a form of trust given to Indonesia to host the summit. We hope the public would know this and would support it,” he added.

The APEC Summit is expected to be attended by leaders of 21 world economies. Heads of state who have confirmed participation in the Bali summit included US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

In the meantime, former Taiwanese vice president Lien Chan has confirmed he will represent Taiwan at the APEC Summit.

Foreign Affairs Ministry’s Director of Intra-Regional Cooperation in Asia-Pacific and Africa, Arto Suryodipuro, said at a press conference on Friday that Lien Chan will attend the APEC Leaders Summit on behalf of Taiwan, which is one of the APEC economies.

“Except for Chinese-Taipei (Taiwan), we have received confirmations from other nations’ leaders. Taiwan has appointed former vice president Lien Chan to represent their leader,” he said.

Lien Chan served as vice president from 1996 to 2000 and represented Taiwan at the APEC Summit 2008.

Suryodipuro also mentioned three priorities to be discussed during the summit, revolving around the theme of “Resilient Asia Pacific, Engine of Global Growth”.

Those three priorities are attaining the Bogor Goals through trade and investment cooperation, achieving sustainable growth with equity that includes access to global markets for farmers, and promoting connectivity, particularly on maritime cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.

On October 8, 2013 the 21 leaders of APEC Economies are expected to reach agreement on future Asia-Pacific economic development.

The day before, on October 7, the CEO Summit will be held as a forum for global companies’ CEOs and APEC Leaders, hosted by the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).

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