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Jakarta Post

TNI, police join forces to deal with unrest

  • Ina Parlina and Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 30 2013   /  09:39 am

In what could be seen as a follow-up to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s new security regulation, the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police struck a deal on Tuesday to allow for the military to play a greater role in dealing with communal conflicts.

The TNI and the police signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will allow the military to deploy its personnel to areas deemed to have a high risk of conflict without requiring the consent of the police or officials in the affected regions.

“Every time a military commander thinks that he needs to deploy his troops to an area that has a potential for conflict, he will be able to do so,” TNI commander Adm. Agus Suhartono told a press conference at the TNI headquarters in Cilangkap, East Jakarta, on Tuesday.

Agus said that the measure would be more effective in preventing conflicts. “This is c...