Indonesia to increase navy patrols

Indonesian authorities decided to increase navy patrols after Australia incursions.

Indonesia to increase navy patrols

World Bulletin / News Desk

Indonesia said that it would increase naval patrols after territorial violations by Australia as it tried to turn back asylum seekers and urged its southern neighbour to halt operations that risked further incursions.

Earlier on Friday, Australia apologised for recent incursions into Indonesian waters.

"Indonesia deplores and rejects the violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity by the Australian vessels," a spokesman for the security and political affairs coordinating ministry, Agus Barnas, told reporters.

The ministry withdrew an earlier statement which had referred to deep regret over the incidents. The language used in the new statement was stronger.

It demanded formal clarification for the infringements through diplomatic channels and assurances that such incidents would not be repeated.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Ocak 2014, 09:53