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PM David Cameron wishes royal couple “great joy”

Britain's Prince William (right) and his fiancée Kate Middleton

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November 16, 2010 ( KATAKAMI / NUMBER 10.GOV) — Prime Minister David Cameron has wished Prince William and Kate Middleton “great joy” following the news of their engagement.

Mr Cameron said he was sure the whole country would join him in wishing the couple well.

The PM said:

“I am delighted to hear this wonderful news. I am sure the whole country will join Samantha and me in wishing them great joy in their life together.”

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Medvedev, Ahmadinejad to meet in Baku

File photo : Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [right] speaks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during their bilateral meeting in Dushanbe on August 28, 2008 Photo: AFP/GETTY

 

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November 17, 2010 (KATAKAMI / RIA NOVOSTI) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will meet on Thursday with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to discuss Iran’s nuclear program, Kremlin aide Sergei Prikhodko said on Wednesday.

The two leaders will meet on the sidelines of the Caspian summit in Baku, Prikhodko said.  (*)

 
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Wakapolri Jusuf Manggabarani : Walau Gaji Sederhana, Polri Jangan Lakukan Pelanggaran

Wakapolri Komjen. Polisi Jusuf Manggabarani

WAWANCARA EKSKUSIF

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Jakarta 17/11/2010 (KATAKAMI) — Mabes Polri kembali mendapat sorotan tajam dari masyarakat Indonesia pasca terkuaknya sebuah fakta yang sangat tidak lazim yaitu terdakwa kasus mafia pajak Gayus Halomoan Tambunan ( yang notabene sedang ditahan di Rutan Cipinang Cabang Mako Brimob (Kelapa Dua, Depok) ternyata bisa plesiran ke Bali untuk menonton pertandingan tenis internasional.

Untuk membicarakan masalah tersebut, disela-sela pelaksanaan sholat Ied Idul Adha dari jajaran Polri di Lapangan Bhayangkara Jalan Trunojoyo Jakarta Selatan, KATAKAMI.COM mendapatkan kesempatan untuk melakukan WAWANCARA EKSKLUSIF dengan Wakapolri Komjen. Polisi Jusuf Manggabarani pada hari Rabu (17/11/2010) siang.

Dan inilah hasil WAWANCARA EKSKLUSIF kami :

KATAKAMI  (K) : Selamat Hari Idul Adha, Pak Wakapolri. Mengenai kasus Gayus Tambunan, masyarakat kecewa pada Polri karena tahanan kelas kakap seperti Gayus bisa keluar masuk seenaknya dari Rutan Brimob. Bagaimana tanggapan dari Pak Wakapolri ?

JUSUF MANGGABARANI (JM) : Jadi semua kritikan yang disampaikan kepada kami adalah wujud dari perhatian dari seluruh masyarakat kepada Kepolisian Negara Republik Indonesia. Memang Polri dituntut untuk bekerja dalam koridor Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh.

Artinya, harus bisa bekerja sesuai dengan aturan tetapi dalam koridor Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh.

Sehingga Polri tidak bisa dipukul rata. Dalam kasus ini ada pertanggung-jawaban hukum yang harus dipertanggung-jawabkan oleh masing-masing anggota yang lalai dalam tugas. Pertanggung-jawaban itu harus dipertanggung-jawabkan oleh bersangkutan. Tidak mungkin Kapolri pergi ke tahanan dan ikut menjaga disana. Tidak mungkin juga Kapolri menghubungi masing-masing tahanan untuk bertanya kepada mereka, dimana kau sekarang ?

Jadi ada pertanggung-jawaban berdasarkan tatanan yang ada.

(K) : Baiklah kalau misalnya alasan dari Polri seperti itu. Tetapi pada faktanya, seseorang yang sedang disorot oleh publik karena kasus yang sangat kontroversial seputar mafia pajak ternyata bisa keluar masuk sampai 68 kali dari rutan yang dijaga oleh polisi. Bagaimana tanggapan Bapak ?

(JM) : Begini ya, kami adalah orang pertama yang akan menyatakan tidak setuju jika terjadi penyalah-gunaan wewenang yang menyalahi aturan hukum yang berlaku. Jadi jangan bilang bahwa Bapak Kapolri dan kami semua di Polri ini setuju dengan tingkah laku mereka. Kami adalah orang pertama yang paling tidak setuju !

(K) :  Oke, kalau memang benar para pimpinan di Mabes Polri memang tidak setuju kalau ada anggota yang menyalah-gunakan wewenang sehingga seorang tahanan semacam Gayus Tambunan bisa keluar masuk sampai 68 kali, apa tindakan tegas yang akan dilakukan sebagai pembenahan ke dalam internal Polri sendiri ?

(JM) : Kami ingatkan kepada anggota-anggota yang sudah berani melakukan tindakan yang sejauh itu, mereka harus siap mempertanggung-jawabkannya. Berani berbuat maka harus berani bertanggung-jawab. Sebab dalam melaksanakan tugas, ada aturan dan ketentuan yang harus dipatuhi. Jadi, siapapun yang terlibat dalam kasus ini harus siap mempertanggung-jawabkannya secara pidana. Dan harus bertanggung-jawab secara profesi.

( Catatan Redaksi : Seluruh petugas Rutan yang terlibat dalam kasus keluar-masuk Gayus Tambunan dari dalam rutan, saat ini diperiksa secara marathon oleh Tim Gabungan yaitu dari Reserse atau Bareskrim dan Divisi Propam atau Profesi & Pengamanan ).

(K) : Kebetulan, KATAKAMI.COM yang berulang-ulang kali menanyakan kepada pimpinan di Polri tentang rendahnya tingkat kesejahteraan dari para anggota Polri. Apakah para di Polri ini menyadari bahwa rendahnya gaji dari para anggota Polri yang membuat mereka menjadi rentan terhadap aksi suap. Contohnya ya dalam kasus Gayus Tambunan ini. Bisa kasih tanggapan Pak Wakapolri ?

(JM) : Tidak begitu. Jangan diartikan seperti itu. Keterbatasan dalam masalah kesejahteraan, jangan diidentikkan dengan pelanggaran. Semua anggota Polri harus memiliki ketabahan atas apa yang menjadi konsekuensi dari tugasnya.  Seperti makna dalam perayaan Idul kurban ini. Jadi Polri harus memiliki ketabahan kita dalam melaksanakan tugas dalam koridor Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh.

Jadi kami sebagai pimpinan di Polri perlu mengingatkan kepada semua anggota Polri, jangan karena kita mempunyai gaji yang sangat sederhana, gaji yang sederhana itupun bukan berarti tidak cukup, jangan dijadikan gaji yang sederhana itu sebagai pembenaran untuk melakukan pelanggaran dan penyelewengan seperti itu.

(K) : Pak Wakapolri, apalagi harapan yang bisa disampaikan kepada para anggota Polri agar ke depan jangan terulang lagi hal-hal yang memalukan seperti dalam kasus Gayus Tambunan ini ?

(JM) : Anggota Polri harus bisa memaknai perayaan Idul kurban ini dapat meningkatkan kesungguhan dan tanggung-jawabnya dalam menjalankan tugas. Dan melihat tugas-tugas itu sebagai ibadah dalam rangka pengabdiannya kepada Tuhan untuk menjaga keamanan dan ketertiban masyarakat, penegakan hukum, serta memberikan perlindungan, pelayanan dan pengayoman kepada masyarakat.

(K) : Baik, terimakasih Pak Wakapolri untuk wawancara ini.

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Russian permanent representative at NATO Dmitry Rogozin says Russia will bring new ideas to Lisbon

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November 16, 2010 — EURONEWS spoke to Russia’s permanent representative at NATO, Dmitry Rogozin in Brussels ahead of the NATO-Russia summit on Friday in Lisbon.

Euronews : Mr. Rogozin, what are you expecting Russia to bring to the Lisbon summit? Do you think the conditions now exist for closer co-operation between NATO and Russia?

“We are particularly hoping for the heads of the 29 member states in the NATO-Russia council to send a strong signal to their publics that the post cold-war climate has changed, and that Russia and NATO are now real partners.”

Euronews : What could that signal be?

“Above all it is honest talks on the questions where we share common positions, and those where we disagree. I think there’ll be three big questions in Lisbon. The first is the content of NATO’s new strategy. The second is, well, we are looking for serious debate on missiles, on the risks, and on siting anti-missile defences in Europe. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has taken the initiative to invite Russia into this debate. The third is a debate on Afghanistan. It’s a common problem. Afghanistan represents a security threat, and the Russian Federation makes a serious contribution alongside NATO nations to help the Afghan people gain greater autonomy, acquire more skills, and thus become a more stable nation, and help stabilise an entire region.”

Euronews : In the past Moscow has been firmly opposed to NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia. Has this position changed, and if yes, under what conditions?

“Russia is formally opposed to any fresh eastward expansion of NATO. We do not want any foreign military infrastructure next to our borders. But the paradox is it’s not just Russia who is opposed to this. Ukraine doesn’t want to join NATO, while in the case of Georgia two and a half years ago NATO encouraged Georgia to take two completely mad military actions against two independent peoples, those of South Osettia and, even worse, the assassination of Russian UN troops.
I think this episode closed the question of Georgia’s NATO membership for a very long time to come. Of course, NATO keeps bringing it up, saying the door is open for both Georgia and Ukraine, but in fact anyone in the west paying serious attention to the subject knows their membership is further away than three years ago.”

Euronews : Europeans and Americans, when they talk about setting up an anti-missile shield in Europe, are convinced the danger will come form Iran. Does Moscow see the threat coming from there?

“In general we don’t like to point the finger at any nation and call it evil while maintaining we’re the good guys. It’s unfair. We don’t think military methods or threats can solve any problem. Iran has a democratic form of government, with real elections, so it’s not a tyrannical dictatorship.”

Euronews : How could Russia and NATO co-operate in the missile shield?

“I don’t want to second-guess what the Russian president will say in Lisbon. I think he’s ready for some serious talks on the nature of the global threat, we are completing our analysis before going to Lisbon. He is ready to suggest some interesting new ideas and Russian initiatives, and I think on this level the summit will be very constructive.”

Euronews :  NATO is still committed in Afghanistan. Is Russia going to participate, either directly or by ensuring a supply role?

“In Soviet times Russia was in Afghanistan, fighting a war, and we got sick of it. I think that soon NATO will be sick of it, too.”

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Photostream : Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton Are Engaged

Prince William and Kate Middleton pose for photographs in the State Apartments of St James Palace on November 16, 2010 in London, England. After much speculation, Clarence House today announced the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton. The couple will get married in either the Spring or Summer of next year and continue to live in North Wales while Prince William works as an air sea rescue pilot for the RAF. The couple became engaged during a recent holiday in Kenya having been together for eight years. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Prince William and Kate Middletonarrive to pose for photographs in the State Apartments of St James Palace on November 16, 2010 in London, England. After much speculation, Clarence House today announced the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton. The couple will get married in either the Spring or Summer of next year and continue to live in North Wales while Prince William works as an air sea rescue pilot for the RAF. The couple became engaged during a recent holiday in Kenya having been together for eight years. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Britain's Prince William (R) and his fiancée Kate Middleton pose for photographers during a photocall to mark their engagement, in the State Rooms of St James?s Palace, central London, on November 16, 2010. Prince William will marry his girlfriend Kate Middleton next year, the royal family said Tuesday, in the biggest royal wedding in Britain since his parents Charles and Diana married in 1981. The announcement ended feverish speculation about when the second-in-line to the throne would wed, after a romance that has already lasted nearly eight years. (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain's Prince William and his fiancée Kate Middleton react as they pose for photographers during a photocall to mark their engagement, in the State Rooms of St James?s Palace, central London on November 16, 2010. Britain's Prince William has given his fiancee Kate Middleton the engagement ring that belonged to his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, Clarence House said Tuesday. The blue sapphire and diamond ring was given to Diana by William's father, Prince Charles, when they became engaged in February 1981. Charles and Diana divorced in 1996 and she was killed in a car crash in Paris the following year. (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Kate Middleton shows her engagement ring given by her fiance Britain's Prince William in London November 16, 2010. Britain's Prince William is to marry his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton next year, after an on-off courtship lasting nearly a decade, bringing months of speculation about his intentions to an end. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Arthur Edwards/POOL )

A picture released on November 16, 2010 of a close up of Kate Middleton's engagement ring, the fiancée of Britain's Prince William, as they pose for photographers during a photocall to mark their engagement, in the State Rooms of St James?s Palace, central London. Britain's Prince William has given his fiancee Kate Middleton the engagement ring that belonged to his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, Clarence House said Tuesday. The blue sapphire and diamond ring was given to Diana by William's father, Prince Charles, when they became engaged in February 1981. (Photo by ARTHUR EDWARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

REFILE - A pair of photographs show Kate Middleton (L), fiance of Britain's Prince William posing in London November 16, 2010 and William's mother Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing the same engagment ring in London in an August 28, 1996 file photo. Britain's Prince William is to marry his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton next year, after an on-off courtship lasting nearly a decade, bringing months of speculation about his intentions to an end. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Paul Hackett/Dan Chung )

 
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Photostream : Russian President Dmitry Medvedev meets Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) welcomes Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (L) at the Gorki presidential residence outside Moscow on November 16, 2010. Hariri announced late on November 15 in Moscow that Russia would offer Lebanon six combat helicopters, 31 tanks and 36 artillery pieces complete with ammunition and shells. (Photo by VLADIMIR RODIONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (L) meets with Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri (R) at the Gorki presidential residence outside Moscow November 16, 2010. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, left, look at paintings during their meeting in the Gorki residence outside Moscow, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010. (Getty Images / AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Vladimir Rodionov, Presidential Press Service)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (L) visit the Gorki presidential residence outside Moscow on November 16, 2010. Hariri announced late on November 15 in Moscow that Russia would offer Lebanon six combat helicopters, 31 tanks and 36 artillery pieces complete with ammunition and shells. (Photo by VLADIMIR RODIONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

 
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Japanese PM says considering visit to Kuril Islands

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November 17, 2010 (KATAKAMI / RIA NOVOSTI) — Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said on Wednesday that a possible visit to the disputed Kuril Islands, called the Northern Territories by Japan, deserved careful consideration.

“Given how important the prime minister’s visit [to the islands] is, it must be considered seriously. At the moment I do not have any concrete plans,” Kan said in a speech to the Japanese parliament.

Earlier this month, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev aggravated a long-standing dispute over four of the islands, by becoming the first Russian or Soviet leader to visit one of them.

Both countries have laid claims to the islands since they were occupied by the Soviet Union at the end of World War II and the dispute has prevented them from signing a peace treaty to formally end wartime hostilities.

The Japanese premier reiterated Japan’s stance on the status of the islands.

“Japan’s principal position that the Northern Territories are part of our country and that the territorial dispute must be resolved through the signing of a peace treaty, has not changed,” he said.

Last week Medvedev met with Kan during the APEC summit in the Japanese city of Yokohama. Medvedev invited Kan to visit “any part of Russia, including the Far East.”

Kan said he “wanted to develop friendly relations between Russia and Japan on a basis of trust, as between two partners.”

TOKYO, November 17

 
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