Iraq's Iyad Allawi says will join Maliki government

Iyad Allawi, former prime minister and head of the secular Iraqiya coalition, speaks during a joint news conference with Speaker of Parliament Ayad al-Samarai (not in picture), in Baghdad October 7, 2010. (Photo :Reuters)

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December 19, 2010 (KATAKAMI / Reuters) — Former prime minister Iyad Allawi, whose cross-sectarian coalition won the most seats in Iraq’s March election, said Sunday he will join Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s government.

Allawi’s decision, after weeks of wavering, cleared another potential hurdle in long and contentious negotiations between Iraq’s Shi’ite, Sunni and Kurdish political blocs to form a new government after an inconclusive election.

Maliki is to unveil his cabinet in parliament Monday.

The participation of Allawi and Iraqiya could help ease concern about renewed bloodshed as Iraq emerges from years of war and U.S. troops withdraw completely by the end of 2011.

Allawi, a secular Shi’ite, had wanted to unseat Shi’ite premier Maliki after his Iraqiya bloc won 91 seats in the new parliament with strong backing from Iraq’s minority Sunnis. He had warned that any attempt to marginalize his coalition could reinvigorate a weakened but still lethal insurgency.

Washington and Iraq’s Sunni Arab neighbors were anxious to ensure that Allawi’s bloc was represented in the government.

Allawi said he would accept a job as head of a national strategic policy council that was offered in a power-sharing deal involving Maliki and Kurdish president Masoud Barzani on November 10.

“We will accept the leadership of this council based on the agreements that have occurred and have been signed between me and Mr Barzani and Mr Maliki,” Allawi told a news conference. “So this is concluded. If there is any change to the agreements on power, then there will be a different story all together.”

Allawi had been indecisive about joining the government after the November 10 accord between the political factions that put Maliki on course for a second term as premier. The accord also returned Kurd Jalal Talabani to the presidency and gave Sunni Osama al-Nujaifi the speaker’s post in parliament.  (*)

Pope Benedict XVI speaks about St. Joseph before Christmas

Pope Benedict XVI waves to the crowd gathered below in Saint Peter's square during his Sunday Angelus blessing at the Vatican December 19, 2010. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

 

December 19, 2010 (KATAKAMI / VATICAN RADIO) — Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the foster-father of Jesus, St. Joseph, during the last Angelus address before Christmas.

“On this fourth Sunday of Advent, we are filled with joy because the Lord is at hand. We heard in today’s Gospel about the promise made to Joseph, that his wife Mary was to bear a child who would save his people from their sins. This child would be called Emmanuel, meaning that from now on, God is truly with us, he lives among us and shares our joys and sorrows, our hopes and our fears,” he said in his English remarks.

The Holy Father said Saint Joseph is presented as a “righteous man” in the gospel passage, faithful to God’s law, and ready to do his will. For this reason, he becomes a party to the Mystery of the Incarnation, when an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and told him Mary was conceived by the Holy Spirit.

He called on the Church to venerate Jesus’ lawful father, because in him we see new man, who looked to the future with confidence and courage, who disregarded his own goals, but entrusted himself completely to the infinite mercy of the One who fulfils prophecies and opens time to salvation.

Pope Benedict concluded his address by entrusting all pastors to Saint Joseph, universal patron of the Church, urging them to quietly present Christ’s words and actions each day to the faithful and to the whole world.  (*)

Photostream : Britain's Prince Harry pays tribute to Berlin Wall victims

Prince Harry (C) receives a history instruction by Axel Klausmeier, Director of the Berlin Wall Foundation, during a visit to the observation platform of the Bernauer Strasse Berlin Wall memorial on December 19, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. Prince Harry is on a two-day trip to Germany and spent the morning touring the memorial and the Brandenburg Gate. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Prince Harry (L) talks with British Ambassador to Germany Simon McDonald at Pariser Platz while visiting the Brandenburg Gate on December 19, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. Prince Harry is on a two-day trip to Germany and spent the morning touring sites including the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall memorial at Bernauer Strasse. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Prince Harry (L), accompanied by Axel Klausmeie (R)r, Director of the Berlin Wall Foundation, visits the Bernauer Strasse Berlin Wall memorial on December 19, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. Prince Harry is on a two-day trip to Germany and spent the morning touring the memorial and the Brandenburg Gate. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Britain's Prince Harry attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Berlin Wall memorial at Bernauer Street in Berlin, December 19, 2010. The memorial site remembers people who died at the Berlin wall or as a result of attempting to cross the border between East and West Berlin. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A hand-written message left by Prince Harry lies at a memorial to people who died trying to flee from East Germany into West Germany during the Cold War at the Bernauer Strasse Berlin Wall memorial on December 19, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. Prince Harry is on a two-day trip to Germany and spent the morning touring the memorial and the Brandenburg Gate. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Venezuela, US clash over future envoy

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez

December 19, 2010 (KATAKAMI / PRESSTV.IR) — Tensions have flared up between the US and Venezuela over Washington’s plan to send Larry Palmer as its new ambassador to Caracas.


Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has warned that Palmer will be detained and put on the next flight home if he tries to set foot in Venezuela, the Associated Press reported on Saturday.

“He went ahead and said whatever he felt like saying, disrespecting Venezuela,” Chavez said in a televised speech. “How is he going to be ambassador? He disqualified himself.”

He went on to express his disapproval of the choice by saying “Give Mr. Palmer a coffee from me, and then bye-bye. He cannot, he cannot enter the country.”

The row over Palmer has simmered since August after he claimed that morale is low in Venezuela’s military.

He also linked Chavez’s government to leftist rebels in neighboring Colombian.

His comments came after Bogota accused Caracas of sheltering the leftist rebels on Venezuelan soil. Chavez denied the allegations and briefly cut diplomatic ties with Colombia over the row.

The US embassy in Caracas has been without an ambassador since Palmer’s predecessor finished his term in July.

The latest dispute came a day after Venezuelan lawmakers voted to let Chavez bypass parliament and rule by decree for 18 months. (*)

Chavez to Reject US Ambassador Nominee

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez speaks during a meeting with United Socialist party members in Caracas, December 17, 2010. Venezuela's parliament gave President Chavez decree powers for 18 months on Friday, outraging opposition parties that accused him of turning South America's biggest oil producer into a dictatorship. The move consolidated the firebrand socialist leader's hold on power after nearly 12 years in office, and raised the prospect of a fresh wave of nationalizations as the former paratrooper seeks to entrench his self-styled "revolution." (Getty Images / REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout )

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December 19, 2010 (KATAKAMI / VOA) — Venezuela’s president has vowed to reject the U.S. nominee for ambassador to the South American country.

Hugo Chavez said Saturday in a televised speech Larry Palmer will not be allowed to take up his post because the diplomat has been critical of Caracas.

Palmer upset the Chavez administration when he told a U.S. senator that morale was low in the Venezuelan military. Palmer also expressed concern about Colombian rebels finding refuge in Venezuela.

President Chavez says he has told Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro to detain Palmer if he tries to enter Venezuela.

The U.S. Senate is expected to confirm Palmer’s appointment soon.

On Friday, Venezuelan lawmakers voted to allow Mr. Chavez to bypass parliament and rule by decree for 18 months. That move was denounced by opposition rivals and the U.S. government.  (*)

Chinese Premier Ends Pakistan Visit

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L) is flanked by his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani (R) as he waves to Pakistan-China businessmen as they arrive to attend Pakistan-China Business Cooperation Summit in Islamabad on December 18, 2010. China and Pakistan concluded another 10 billion dollars' worth of deals on December 18, as Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Beijing would "never give up" on the troubled nuclear-armed Muslim country. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

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December 19, 2010 (KATAKAMI / VOA) — Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao ended a 3-day visit to Pakistan Sunday.

Mr. Wen addressed a joint session of parliament, telling the lawmakers China’s stance is “firm and clear” that it is willing to work with Pakistan and the international community to make an “unremitting effort to combat terrorism.”

The premier said in his parliament address the “symptoms and root cause” of terrorism need to be eliminated.

Pakistan’s porous border with Afghanistan is widely seen as a haven for militants.

Pakistan and China signed a number of business deals worth billions of dollars during Mr. Wen’s visit.

Officials say the deals aim to promote cooperation in the energy sector.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said Islamabad is extending China incentives to promote investment and development in the South Asian nation.

Pakistan says China has also agreed to provide $229 million to Pakistan to rebuild from floods that devastated much of the county, and another $400 million in loans.

Photostream : German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg visits Afghanistan

In this photo provided by the German Government Press Office, German Chancellor Angela Merkel checks her mobile phone at the Transall prior she leaves after her visit on December 18, 2010 in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. Merkel, who is on her third trip to Afghanistan, paid her respects to German soldiers currently deployed and the 45 troops who have lost their lives during the conflict. She is being accompanied by Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg and Bundeswehr chief of staff Volker Wieker. (Photo by Steffen Kugler/Bundesregierung-Pool via Getty Images)

Picture provided by the press department of German Government shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right as she talks to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, left, as German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, second right, and US general David Petraeus, second left, Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, look on during their meeting in Mazar-i-Sharif, northern Afghanistan Satuday Dec. 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Steffen Kugler,German Government)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) talks to German Bundeswehr soldiers during a visit to a camp in Kunduz province December 18, 2010. Merkel is visiting the German Bundeswehr armed forces troops with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. A lens flare causes the effect seen in the lower right corner of the photo. REUTERS/Bundesregierung/Steffen Kugler/Handout

In this photo provided by the German Government Press Office, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg attend a memorial service for a German soldier, who died yesterday, at Camp Marmal in Basar-e-Sharif during her visit of an ISAF soldier camp on December 18, 2010 in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. Merkel, who is on her third trip to Afghanistan, paid her respects to German soldiers currently deployed and the 45 troops who have lost their lives during the conflict. She is being accompanied by Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg and Bundeswehr chief of staff Volker Wieker. (Photo by Steffen Kugler/Bundesregierung-Pool via Getty Images)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L), Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg and German Bundeswehr armed forces soldiers observe a moment of silence for fallen comrades during Merkel's visit in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, December 18, 2010. Merkel is visiting the German Bundeswehr armed forces troops with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

UN Security Council to meet over Korean crisis on Sunday

Escalation of tension on Korean Peninsula

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December 19, 2010 (KATAKAMI / RIA NOVOSTI) — The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Sunday at Russia’s request to discuss the escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Closed-door consultations will start at 11:00 a.m. EST (16:00 GMT), Mark Kornblau, a spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, told reporters in New York on Saturday.

The United States holds the council’s rotating presidency in December.

Russia’s envoy to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin reiterated on Sunday that Russia was seriously concerned over further escalation between the two Koreas because the current situation in the region “directly affects the national security interests of the Russian Federation.”

“We believe that the Security Council must send a restraining signal to the Republic of Korea [South Korea] and DPRK [North Korea], and help launch diplomatic activity with a view to resolving all issues of dispute between the two Korean sides by political and diplomatic means,” Churkin said.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Friday already expressed its concern to North Korea’s ambassador Kim Jong-Jae over the reclusive communist state’s promise to use military force should its rival South Korea hold live-fire drills in the Yellow Sea.

Pyongyang earlier blasted Seoul’s plans to hold exercises on Yeonpyeong Island on December 18-21, saying its response would be “deadlier” than the shelling in November that killed four South Koreans on the island.

The North does not recognize the sea border between the two countries, known as the Northern Limit Line, which was drawn up by the United Nations at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

 

UNITED NATIONS, December 19

Mencermati Mutasi Di Era Kapolri Timur Pradopo, Lanjut Jenderal !

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Jakarta 19/12/2010 (KATAKAMI) — Setelah dilantik di Istana Negara tanggal 22 Oktober 2010 dan dilanjutkan dengan upacara serah terima jabatan tanggal 27 Oktober 2010, Kapolri (baru) Jenderal Timur Pradopo mulai melakukan mutasi didalam internal Polri.

Berdasarkan surat telegram Kepala Polri Jenderal Timur Pradopo dengan nomor STR/ 1170 /XII/ 2010, Polri mengganti empat perwira tinggi yaitu antara lain Kepala Polda Aceh Irjen Fajar Prihantoro yang selanjutnya akan menjabat sebagai Kepala Badan Pemeliharaan Keamanan.

Posisi inilah yang kosong sekitar satu bulan setelah Timur Pradopo menjabat Kepala Polri.

Posisi Kapolda Aceh akan dijabat Irjen Iskandar Hasan yang saat ini menjabat Kepala Divisi Humas Mabes Polri.

Lalu posisi Iskandar akan digantikan Irjen Anton Bachrul Alam yang saat ini menjabat staf ahli Kapolri Bidang Sosial dan Ekonomi.

Posisi Anton akan digantikan oleh Irjen Alex Bambang Riatmodjo yang saat ini menjabat staf ahli Kapolri. “Serah terima jabatan kemungkinan pekan depan,” kata Boy di Mabes Polri, Jumat (17/12/2010).

Jenderal Timur Pradopo (kiri) mendapat ucapan selamat dari Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono dan Ibu Negara Ani Yudhoyono seusai pelantikan di Istana Negara ( 22 Oktober 2010)

Seperti pepatah mengatakan, “Semakin tinggi pohon menjulang, maka semakin kencang juga angin akan menerpa”.

Kritikan mulai bermunculan pasca keluarnya Telegram Rahasia seputar mutasi di tubuh Polri.

Neta S. Pane selaku Ketua Presidium Indonesia Police Watch (IPW) mengecam mutasi ini karena dianggap melakukan diskriminasi yaitu hanya menguntungkan serta memberi keistimewaan kepada para perwira tinggi seangkatan Timur yaitu dari (lulusan Akpol) tahun 1978 dan orang-orang yang dinilai dekat dengan Timur.

“Ini kelihatan Pak Timur mulai mengangkat Angkatan 78 saja. Jadi orang-orangnya dia yang ditempatkan di posisi-posisi strategis. Harusnya kan tidak boleh begitu” kata Neta S. Pane kepada KATAKAMI.COM dalam perbincangan di hari Sabtu (18/12/2010) di Jakarta.

Neta juga mengecam penempatan Anton Bachrul Alam sebagai Kepala Divisi Humas Polri untuk menggantikan posisi Irjen. Iskandar Hasan yang selanjutnya akan ditempatkan sebagai Kapolda Aceh.

“Pak Anton Bachrul Alam itu pernah jadi Kapolda Jawa Timur. Jadi kalau dia diangkat jadi Kadiv Humas, itu namanya turun pangkat dong. Lalu Kapolda Aceh yang sekarang diangkat jadi  Kepala Badan Pemeliharaan Keamanan, Pak Fajar itu belum mempunyai pengalaman yang cukup untuk menempati posisi itu. Lalu Iskandar Hasan, dia jadi Kadiv Humas saja baru sebenar dan tidak ada prestasi yang bagus tapi sudah diangkat jadi Kapolda Aceh” lanjut Neta S. Pane.

Neta juga ingin mengingatkan Kapolri yang baru bahwa sudah saatnya pimpinan Polri menertibkan jabatan-jabatan rangkap yang selama ini “dilakukan dan dibenarkan” oleh Kapolri sebelumnya.

“Ada informasi Jenderal BHD mengeluarkan surat keputusan untuk mengangkat Komisaris Jenderal Gories Mere sebagai penasehat ahli Kapolri untuk urusan penanganan terorisme. Polri jangan lupa bahwa berdasarkan UU Kepolisian, setiap anggota Polri dilarang keras melakukan jabatan rangkap. Gories Mere itu sudah mau 5 tahun menjadi Kepala Pelaksana Harian (Kalakhar) Badan Narkotika Nasional. Menjabat sampai selama itu saja, sudah perlu dipertanyakan. Apalagi kalau nanti dia tetap dipertahankan sebagai penasehat ahli Kapolri. Pejabat macam itu, posisinya di BNN tetapi kerjanya hanya di Densus 88 Anti Teror. Tolong ditulis ya oleh KATAKAMI, jabatan rangkap itu melanggar Undang Undang Kepolisian” ungkap Neta.

Neta mendesak Kapolri Timur Pradopo agar mencabut dan tidak melanjutkan surat keputusan yang ditanda-tangani Jenderal Bambang Hendarso Danuri sebagai Polri harus tetap konsisten melakukan  tugas-tugasnya sesuai ketentuan hukum dan Undang Undang yang berlaku.

Sejumlah kritikan ini tak perludianggap sebagai sesuatu yang merupakan refleksi ketidak-sukaan LSM yang fokus menyoroti kinerja dan perfoma dari Kepolisian Indonesia.

Justru kritikan demi kritikan harus diterima dengan lapang dada untuk menjadi masukan positif sebab setiap kritikan yang bersifat konstruktif adalah wujud dari kecintaan Indonesia kepada institusi Polri.

Tetapi semua pihak juga harus memberi waktu, kesempatan dan kepercayaan bagi Kapolri Timur Pradopo untuk membenahi institusinya.

Usia jabatannya masih sangat baru.

Pekan depan, Timur baru genap 2 bulan menjabat sebagai Kapolri atau Tri Brata 1.

Biarkan ia melakukan konsolidasi ke dalam internal Polri.

Yang mungkin menarik untuk dicermati disini adalah apakah benar Timur sengaja “memasang” orang-orang terdekatnya untuk menjadi pejabat-pejabat utama di lingkungan Mabes Polri ?

Sepertinya asumsi ini agak sulit diterima sebab dalam urusan pengangkatan dan penempatan pejabat-pejabat di level apapun dalam institusi Polri, Kapolri tidak dibenarkan melakukan perintah atau komando yang sifatnya “top down” dengan gaya otoriter.

Wakapolri Komisaris Jenderal Jusuf Manggabarani yang bertugas juga sebagai Ketua Tim WANJAK (Dewan Kepangkatan) Polri

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

Banyak Kali Cakap Kau Gayus, Jangan Pojokkan Institusi Polri & Kejaksaan

Ada rapat WANJAK (Dewan Kepangkatan) yang diketuai oleh WAKAPOLRI.

Tim WANJAK ini sendiri beranggotakan sejumlah pejabat penting yaitu Inspektur Jenderal (Irwasum) Polri, Deputi Sumber Daya Manusia (SDM) dan Kepala Divisi Profesi dan Pengamanan (Propam).

Kapolri adalah “pintu terakhir” yang hanya bertugas mengesahkan keputusan dari hasil rapat WANJAK tentang mutasi apapun didalam internal Polri.

Dan sebagai Kapolri yang baru, sangat wajar jika Timur Pradopo mencari dan menempatkan personil Polri yang dinilainya dapat dipercaya untuk mengemban tugas-tugas penting untuk membantu pimpinan tertinggi di dalam institusi Polri.

Faktor kepercayaan (TRUST) adalah faktor mutlak yang membantu seorang pimpinan setingkat Kapolri untuk dapat bekerja maksimal dalam melaksanakan tugas-tugas negara  yang begitu berat.

Faktor kepercayaan (TRUST) adalah sesuatu yang tak boleh disia-siakan oleh siapapun didalam institusi Polri, jika memang ia mendapatkan itu dari Sang Pimpinan.

Bila seorang Kapolri bekerja di sekeliling orang-orang yang sudah ia kenal secara baik maka sistem dan suasana kerja akan menjadi lebih nyaman.

Timur, sosok yang pendiam dan tenang ini, pasti sudah sangat memahami bahwa harapan masyarakat begitu tinggi kepada dirinya untuk membenahi Polri.

Irjen Anton Bacrul Alam yang kini akan menempati posisi barunya sebagai Kepala Divisi Humas Mabes Polri

Dalam era kepemimpinannya, ia memilih seorang “JURUBICARA” yang kawakan dalam bidang Kehumasan.

Anton Bachrul Alam adalah “orang lama” di lingkungan Humas Polri.

Pada era kepemimpinan Kapolri Jenderal Sutanto, Anton pernah menduduki jabatan sebagai Wakil Kepala Divisi Humas Polri,

Anton memiliki kemampuan bahasa asing yang sangat baik dan bisa dengan sangat baik menyampaikan informasi atau keterangan-keterangan yang berisi kebijakan institusinya.

Anton sudah mengenal dan dikenal secara baik oleh kalangan pers di tataran nasional dan daerah.

Sehingga, sangat masuk di akal mengapa figur Anton yang dipilih menjadi Kepala Divisi Humas Polri di era kepemimpinan Timur Pradopo.

Hanya saja, Anton harus mendengar kritikan dari pihak manapun yang menganggapnya telah “berubah”.

Neta S. Pane dari Indonesia Police Watch misalnya, ia menilai Anton yang sekarang sudah menjadi sangat “fanatik” dan cenderung ekstrim dalam menjalankan ajaran agama Islam.

Kritikan ini tentu sebuah masukan yang bertujuan baik.

Sebab sebagai Kepala Divisi Humas Polri, Anton harus menjadi bisa menjadi Humas atau SPOKESPERSON bagi institusi Kepolisian yang harus bisa sama dekat dan sama jauh dengan semua elemen di Indonesia.

Posisi SPOKESPERSON juga harus bisa berpenampilan sebagai polisi yang profesional dimata dunia internasioal yang akan terus meningkatkan kerjasamanya dengan MABES POLRI.

Dan kalau mau berbicara tentang nilai-nilai keagamaan yang matang, contoh yang sangat jelas di lingkungan kepolisian adalah Wakapolri Komjen Jusuf Manggabarani.

Ia sangat “Islam” tetapi dalam konteks yang sungguh Islami dalam sikap dan pemikiran.

Ia sangat “Islam” tetapi tidak pernah menunjukkan secara ekstrim ke-Islam-an dirinya secara fisik dalam penampilan sehari-hari.

Ia sangat “Islam” tetapi ketika dirinya ditanya oleh anggota Paskibraka yang datang berkunjung ke Mabes Polri bulan Agustus 2010 lalu (apakah boleh polwan berjilbab di semua Polda ? ), Komjen Jusuf Manggabarani menjawab dengan sangat bijak bahwa POLRI tidak melarang setiap anggota Polda memakai jilbab tetapi hanya ada satu Polda yang diizinkan menerapkan kebijakan ini yaitu POLDA ACEH.

Jadi, yang dapat disampaikan disini kepada Kepala Divisi Humas Polri Irjen Anton Bachrul Alam, “WELCOME BACK, GENERAL !”.

Selamat datang kembali di ibukota dan selamat bertugas !

Ditambah lagi, Anton pun akan dibantu oleh salah seorang jurubicara terbaik yang pernah bertugas di Polda Metro Jaya yaitu Kombes Boy Rafli Amar yang kini menjadi Kepala Bagian Penerangan Umum Mabes Polri.

Kapolri Jenderal Polisi Timur Pradopo

Kapolri Timur Pradopo harus terus didukung oleh semua pihak agar ia bisa menjalankan tugasnya dengan sangat baik, profesional, proporsional dan penuh integritas.

Biarkanlah ia didampingi oleh para perwira menengah dan perwira tinggi bisa dipercaya untuk membantu tugas-tugasnya sebagai Pimpinan POLRI.

Walau demikian, Kapolri tidak boleh melakukan diskriminasi dalam kebijakan-kebijakannya.

Kapolri juga harus sangat tegas menindak bila memang ada sesuatu atau seseorang yang patut dapat diduga merupakan pelanggaran atau pemyimpangan didalam internal Polri.

Kapolri juga harus membuat formula pengawasan yang sangat ketat dalam pelaksanaan RENUMERASI POLRI agar jangan ada polisi-polisi yang sengaja melakukan aksi operasi tidak pada tempatnya hanya demi mendapatkan renumerasi.

Ingatlah bahwa POLRI begitu sangat disorot oleh semua pihak sehingga seorang Kapolri harus menyadari bahwa harapan dan kepercayaan dari rakyat Indonesia tidak boleh dilukai.

Pepatah memang mengatakan, “Semakin tinggi pohon menjulang maka semakin kencang juga angin menerpa”.

Tapi sebaiknya biarkanlah POHON itu tetap menjulang tinggi di posisinya dan sang angin yang bertiup dari arah manapun, diharapkan bertiup sepoi-sepoi agar mendatangkan kesejukan dan suasana yang baik.

Jadi, lanjut Jenderal !

Lakukan saja, apapun yang dinilai Kapolri memang baik untuk dilakukan demi kebaikan semua pihak.

Laksanakanlah AMANAH ini

dengan satu tekat bahwa kepentingan bangsa, negara dan rakyat Indonesia harus ditempatkan diatas kepentingan pribadi dan kelompok.

Lanjutkanlah juga reformasi birokrasi di tubuh Polri dan bersihkan yang memang perlu dibersihkan didalam internal Polri.

(MS)

Russian President presented personal standard of the Director of the FSB and banner of the FSB

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (L) presents the personal standard of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) director Alexander Bortnikov (R) during a ceremony in Moscow, December 17, 2010 (Photo : Kremlin.Ru)

December 17, 2010 (KATAKAMI / KREMLIN.RU) — Dmitry Medvedev presented the personal standard of the Director of the FSB and banner of the FSB to Director of the Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov.

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PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA DMITRY MEDVEDEV: Comrade officers, comrade generals,

Russia’s Federal Security Service is receiving an important military symbol today – the FSB banner – and the service’s director is receiving a special honorary symbol – the personal standard.

This tradition began many years ago and has historic roots and symbolic significance. After all, your mission is one of the most complex and responsible in our country. From the day it was formed, our security service has always defended our homeland and stood guard over our national interests. It was so during the Great Patriotic War, in the post-war years, and it is so now too, when you are fighting terrorism, organised crime, and drugs trafficking, and keeping watch over our country’s borders.

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (L) presents the personal standard of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) director Alexander Bortnikov (2nd R) during a ceremony in Moscow, December 17, 2010. (Photo : Kremlin.Ru)

Many of the details of your organisation and work are not the subject of public discussion, and this is normal, but sooner or later people will always learn about the heroes, who have carried out missions for their homeland, and these heroes are many in number.

You have the operations and technological capability you need today to neutralise internal and external threats, and you are responsible for overall law enforcement coordination and the special services’ counterterrorism work. The FSB has always played the biggest part in these key areas and will continue to do so.

The fight against extremism must also be systemic in nature. Russia established itself as a strong country with the largest territory in the world and a powerful economy only thanks to the solid unity of its multiethnic people. We therefore must take an absolutely firm and clear stand towards any manifestations of ethnic intolerance and any attempts to instigate unrest and incite interethnic and religious strife. Identifying the organisers of these kinds of provocations is also one of the Federal Security Service’s tasks.

Counterintelligence activity remains a relevant task too. In the world this kind of activity is going on constantly of course, and so our strategic sites and scientific developments – everything that counts as classified information – must be reliably protected from those who do not have the right to know these secrets. Our society and our people also expect to see results from you in looking after our country’s economic interests and fighting corruption.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) shakes hands with Federal Security Service (FSS) Chief Alexander Bortnikov (R) in Moscow on December 17, 2010 as he presented a Federal Security Service flag. (Kremlin.Ru)

Comrades, today’s ceremony will become a special page in the Federal Security Service’s history, considering that it is not an event we see often.

I am sure that the ceremonial presentation of this banner and standard will mark another step in strengthening the glorious traditions of our security service and raising your professionalism and your service’s prestige at home and abroad.

I wish you all successful work, new achievements, and good health.

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I congratulate you all once more. This is without question a milestone event of great symbolic importance. But we need not only material encouragement in our lives of course. We must preserve in our lives the perhaps high-flown but absolutely essential concepts for any person that are love for one’s motherland, a sense of duty, and being part of history. This standard presented just now to the FSB director, and the banner that the FSB has just received, symbolise this being part of history and symbolise too our national unity and the sense of professional duty of all working in the FSB.

Once more, I congratulate you on receiving this banner and standard.  (*)

MS

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