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Jakarta sees chilly ties with Australia until Oct: Indonesian govt document

Published on Feb 17, 2014 6:39 AM

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Indonesia expects ties with Australia to remain on ice for at least six months given the time it will take to negotiate a code of conduct to govern intelligence gathering in the wake of reports Canberra spied on top Indonesians.

Jakarta has been further angered by recent territorial incursions by Australia's navy in forcing boats carrying asylum seekers from the Middle East and South Asia back to Indonesia.

A document from a Jan 13 meeting organised by Indonesia's Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs noted that Jakarta did not expect full diplomatic links to be restored until October.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced in November he was freezing military and intelligence cooperation with Canberra, including over the thorny issue of asylum seekers who use Indonesia as a departure point to try to reach Australia by boat.

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