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Jakarta Post

RI cautious over US spy base

  • Rabby Pramudatama and Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 29 2012   /  08:31 am

After last year’s jitters over Australia’s decision to allow the United States to use Darwin as a base for the US Marines, Indonesia is due to question another similar move by its neighbor.

This time, the issue at hand is the possibility that Australia may allow the US to use Cocos Islands, located less than 3,000 kilometers southwest of Jakarta, as a base for its spy planes.

Defense Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Hartind Asrin said on Wednesday that in order to prevent any misunderstanding, Australia and the US should clearly explain the aim of the planned base.

“In principle, we [Indonesia] did not have the authority to be involved in their [Australia and the US’] plan, but we aim to ask them about their intention to place spy drones near our territory,” he said.

He said efforts to clarify the issue would be based on maintaining trust and confide...