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Malaysian navy chief apologizes
for actions in Ambalat

Malaysian Navy chief Adm. Abdul Aziz Jaafar offered an apology to the Indonesian people Wednesday over the Ambalat issue, Antara state news agency reported.

"We would like to offer an apology if we are considered to be violating Indonesian territory. We also offer our apologies if any Malaysian naval officer has been involved in a provocative act. We will find them and take stern measures against them," Abdul Aziz told a five-member Indonesian parliamentary delegation.

He said the Malaysian Navy would no longer deploy its Scorpene submarine in the Ambalat block.

"We are deploying a Scorpene submarine in the deep seas off Kinabalu city. We cannot deploy it in the Malacca Strait, which has shallow waters. We will never send the Scorpene to the Sulawesi Strait because it would destroy the coral reefs there," he said.

The Indonesian delegation comprised Yusron Ihza Mahendra, Shidqi Wahab, Djoko Susilo, Andreas Pareira and Happy Bone Zulkarnaen; all are members of the House's Commission for defense, information and foreign affairs.

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