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‘Treaty with Australia won’t affect sovereignty’

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 4 2012   /  10:41 am

A defense agreement that will grant Canberra the privilege to deploy vessels into Indonesian waters won’t breach the country’s territorial sovereignty, a top military commander confirms.

Indonesian Military (TNI) chief, Adm. Agus Suhartono, said the agreement with Australia would come into effect soon.

“Our sovereignty will remain safe. Access will be granted only in humanitarian circumstances,” Agus told The Jakarta Post late Thursday.

Defense Ministry chief spokesman, Brig. Gen. Hartind Asrin, had earlier confirmed that a defense forum in early September would include the signing of agreements between Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro and his Australian counterpart, Stephen Smith.

The agreements will authorize Australian vessels entry into Indonesian waters under certain circumstances; primarily if a vessel in distress needs immediate emergency as...