(TNI) commander Gen. Moeldoko said he understood the Australian
government’s decision to turn back a boat of undocumented boat people
to reach its shores.
to the press at the Defense Ministry on Tuesday, Moeldoko explained
that both the Indonesian and Australian governments had earlier agreed to the
action: Repelling any migrants who attempted to reach Australia from Indonesian territory
and push them back into Indonesian waters.
[our] halted military cooperation
with Australia, the country’s Defense Force Chief called me to discuss
several issues, including how to deal with the boat people,” Moeldoko
we do not need to feel offended,” he added.
many as 45 undocumented migrants from Africa and the Middle East were found in a
boat floating adrift in Rote Ndao waters in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) on Monday after
they had failed to reach Australia.
migrants consisted of 28 Somali nationals; nine Sudanese; two
Eritreans; three Egyptians, and three individuals from Ghana, Lebanon
and Yemen. Nine of the total were women while the rest were men.
information from one of the boat's passengers, Rote Ndao Police chief
Comr. Hidayat said that the Australian Navy had turned the vessel back
toward Indonesian waters after providing them with life vests and
All the migrants are currently being sheltered at the International
Organization for Migration’s (IOM) center in Kupang.