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Australia navy enters Indonesia waters six times between December and January

Published on Feb 19, 2014 6:17 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - The Australian navy violated Indonesian territorial waters six times between December and January as part of border security operations, an official report revealed on Wednesday.

Canberra has previously only said its ships "inadvertently" violated Indonesian waters, without saying how often. It has formally apologised to Jakarta, which demanded Australia suspend its operations to deter asylum seekers.

"On each occasion the incursion was inadvertent, in that each arose from incorrect calculation of the boundaries of Indonesian waters rather than as a deliberate action or navigational error," the review said.

Conducted by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and the Australian Defence Force, it examined all navy and customs patrols as part of the military-led Operation Sovereign Borders between Dec 1 and Jan 20.

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