The Indonesian Ambassador to Burma has dismissed an allegation that the Burmese government placed a listening device inside the Indonesian embassy in Rangoon.
Tuesday's issue of the Jakarta Post quotes Ambassador Wyoso Prodijowarsito as saying he believes "[Burma's] government would not do such a thing." The ambassador said the two countries "enjoy a very close relationship."
Indonesian officials said (Monday) a security team from Jakarta discovered the alleged bugging during an embassy inspection.
The Burmese government has denied the eavesdropping allegations, urging Indonesia to dispel what it calls "false media reports."
But a member of the Indonesian parliament's foreign affairs commission said the allegation, if confirmed, could harm bilateral relations. Lawmaker Djoko Susilo noted that Indonesia has always tried to deflect criticism of Burma's ruling military.