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Jakarta Post

Issue: Marines in Darwin: Trashing Lombok treaty

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 2 2011   /  10:29 am

Nov. 23, p. 7

In 2006 the two relevant foreign ministers, Alexander Downer and Hassan Wirajuda, signed the Australia-Indonesia Agreement on the Framework for Security Cooperation.

It took two years of negotiations to develop the document, which replaced the 1995 formal defense pact. What’s now known as the Lombok Treaty committed both nations to cooperation and consultation in defense and law enforcement, combating international crime and terrorism, and sharing intelligence.

The two countries also agreed that they would not “in any manner support or participate in activities by any person or entity which constitutes a threat to the stability, sovereignty or territorial integrity of the other Party”.

Then, suddenly, last week Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and US President Barack Obama announced that up to 2,500 US Marines would be stationed in D...