Indonesian President Yudhoyono offered leading position at United Nations: Report

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, whose term in office is due to end next month, has been offered a leading position at the United Nations. -- PHOTO: AFP
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, whose term in office is due to end next month, has been offered a leading position at the United Nations. -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, whose term in office is due to end next month, has been offered a leading position at the United Nations.

Yudhoyono, who has also received offers from other international organisations, is currently considering his options, Jakarta Globe quoted Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa as saying on Monday.

"It is true that the UN offered President Yudhoyono a position as the end of his term nears, in recognition of his performance during his time in office," Marty told the newspaper.

"There are plenty of offers that would allow the president to be continually involved in international matters," he said.

The report quoted Presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha as saying Yudhoyono had been offered positions in at least three international bodies, including the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), the Japan-Indonesia Association and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).

Yudhoyono is most likely to choose GGGI, a Seoul-based body, according to the spokesman.

"It's almost certain that he will accept," he said.

Jakarta Globe also quoted presidential spokesman for international affairs, Teuku Faizasyah, as denying a rumour that the president had ambitions to become the next United Nations secretary-general.

"There have been opinions that the president wants to become UN secretary general. That's not true," Faizasyah said.