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Indonesia 'deplores' Australian naval intrusion; will increase naval patrols

Published on Jan 17, 2014 3:33 PM
A file photo of Indonesian and Australia foreign ministers, Marty Natalegawa (L) and Julie Bishop (R), chatting before their meeting in Jakarta. The Australian government said on January 17, 2014 it had apologised unreservedly to Jakarta after its navy "inadvertently" violated Indonesian waters, a move Indonesia called "deplorable". --PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP, REUTERS) - Indonesia said Friday it "deplores" intrusions by the Australian navy into its waters after Canberra apologised for making the incursions as part of its hardline border protection policies.

"The government of Indonesia deplores and rejects the violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity by Australian vessels," said a statement from the Indonesian ministry for security, political and legal affairs.

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

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

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