CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia and Indonesia have settled their disagreement over what to call their latest agreement.
A rift between the countries was sparked last November by accusations that Australians tapped the cellphones of the Indonesian president, his wife and eight Indonesian ministers and officials in 2009.
The agreement they reached since then will be signed on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Thursday. The document with the ungainly title “Joint Understanding of a Code of Conduct” was insisted upon by the Indonesians before diplomatic relations are normalized.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told Sky News television on Wednesday she had wanted to call it a “Joint Understanding,” while her Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalegawa preferred “Code of Conduct.” So they combined the titles.