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Brazil'€™s '€œoverreaction'€ puts diplomatic ties at risk

  • Bagus BT Saragih and Nani Afrida

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 21, 2015   /  05:13 pm

The government has received support for its decision to recall Indonesian ambassador-designate to Brazil Toto Riyanto following Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff'€™s refusal to accept his credentials while the diplomat was at the presidential palace for the credentials ceremony.

'€œBrazil'€™s manners are truly deplorable and violate diplomatic ethics,'€ Hikmahanto Juwana, an international law expert from the University of Indonesia, said in a statement on Saturday.

'€œRouseff'€™s move puts the two countries'€™ diplomatic relations at risk, which have otherwise been mutually beneficial for quite a long time,'€

He also supported the Foreign Ministry'€™s decision to recall Toto and file a diplomatic protest against Brazil. '€œIndonesia cannot accept such an unfriendly action from the Brazilian government.'€

Indonesia, Hikmahanto added, might consider expelling Brazilian diplomats currently stationed in Indonesia.

'€œBut I think it is not necessary to resort to such an action yet,'€ he said. '€œBrazil should think twice about its future actions, including in regard to protecting its citizens who have committed serious crimes in Indonesia.'€

Tantowi Yahya, the deputy chairman of House of Representatives Commission I overseeing foreign affairs, accused Rousseff of '€œdiplomatically harassing'€ Indonesia.

'€œThere is not one country in the world that can dictate another country'€™s legal system. As a sovereign nation, Brazil should understand that,'€ the Golkar Party lawmaker said.

Tantowi said Rousseff'€™s action could instead cost the Latin American nation.

'€œIndonesia has purchased Super Tucano airplanes and ordered a Multi Launcher Rocket System [MLRS] from Brazil. The House will discuss this matter with the Defense Ministry to evaluate the cooperation,'€ he said.

In 2010, Indonesia signed a US$284 million contract with Brazil'€™s Embraer to build a squadron of EMB 314 Super Tucano turboprop light fighters.

In April, last year, the Defense Ministry expressed disappointment over a seven-month delay in the delivery of four of the aircraft.

Tantowi added that Rousseff had also put Brazilian exporters trying to supply meat to Indonesia in a difficult situation.

'€œBrazil needs Indonesia more than we need them,'€ he said.

Rousseff refused to accept Toto'€™s credentials while those of designate-ambassadors of El Salvador, Panama, Venezuela, Senegal and Greece were received in a ceremony on Friday.

Last month, Rousseff said she was outraged at the execution of Brazilian Marco Archer Cardoso Moreira; one of the six convicts executed for drug-related offenses, and immediately recalled the Brazilian ambassador to Indonesia.

Another Brazilian, Rodrigo Muxfeldt Gularte, is also facing imminent execution for drug- trafficking offenses. (nfo)(+++)