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Australia apologises to Indonesia for border violations

Published on Jan 17, 2014 8:00 AM

SYDNEY (AFP) - The Australian government said on Friday it had apologised unreservedly to Jakarta after its navy "inadvertently" violated Indonesian waters.

"We deeply regret these events," Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told a press conference.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop spoke to her Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalegawa on Thursday night and "offered an unqualified apology on behalf of the Australian government for inadvertently entering Indonesia's territorial waters," Mr Morrison said.

She also gave "an assurance that such a breach of Indonesian territorial waters would not re-occur".

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