Helipad for Obama in view of APEC Summit

Helipad for Obama in view of APEC Summit

Photo document of security forces in APEC Summit 2013 in Denpasar, Bali. (ANTARA/Nyoman Budhiana)

It has been confirmed by the Ngurah Rai International Airport."
Denpasar (ANTARA News) - The United States has requested Indonesia to provide a helipad for President Barack Obama in view of the APEC Summit 2013 in Nusa Dua, Bali.

Head of Communication Representative of Regional Military Command IX Udayana Lieutenant Colonel Wing Handoko said a helipad has been built in Nusa Dua to be used by President Obama for the APEC Summit.

"We have coordinated with the US government regarding the construction of a helipad for President Obama in Nusa Dua," he said.

Besides a helipad, the US official has requested a special parking lot for two presidential planes at Ngurah Rai International Airport.

"They (US) have contacted us; hence we are accommodating to their requests. We will give equal attention to the security of all economic leaders," he said.

The construction for Obama`s helipad began in July, with a diameter of between 46.5 metres and 52.5 metres.

However, Handoko stressed that the security procedure is the same for all economic leaders, but in this case, the US has coordinated with Indonesian officials for some special facilitation.

"We predict that the helipad will also be used by other leaders who need additional security. Further details will be coordinated later," he said.

Apart from the US official, the Russian official has also requested for special parking space for his presidential plane during President Vladimir Putin`s visit to Bali.

"It has been confirmed by the Ngurah Rai International Airport," he said.

Beginning October 1, some APEC delegations are expected to arrive on the God Island. Therefore, the Indonesian Military and National Police have increased the security level at Bali`s gateways, particularly in Nusa Dua, the location of the summit.

At least 11 thousand personnel of the Indonesian Military and National Police have been deployed to secure the conference, which will be attended by 21 leaders of APEC from October 7 to 8.
(Uu.A060/INE/KR-BSR/A014)

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