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Solution more than just shelter location, RI tells Australia

  • Lilian Budianto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 16 2010   /  10:42 am

Indonesia and Australia agreed Thursday that Australia’s plan to set up a refugee processing center in Timor Leste should involve countries in the region, after indications that Canberra left Jakarta out of the plan.Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said in Jakarta after a meeting with his Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalegawa that Australia’s initiative to set up the regional processing center “would not work without the support of the region”.“We believe wherever the potential regional processing center will be, it will not work if transit countries or destination countries, or the UNHCR do not support it.”He said Australia was still open to other options for locations apart from Timor Leste, but Marty said Australia wanted the center to not be located in either transit or destination countries to remove incentives for refugees to come.Australian Prime Minister Ju...