Indonesia speaks out on boat people amid Australia tension
Published on Apr 21, 2014 2:50 PM
JAKARTA (AFP) - Jakarta called on governments on Monday to stop "shifting responsibility" for asylum-seekers, in veiled criticism of Australia's hardline policy of towing boatloads of would-be refugees back to Indonesia.
The military-led operation has caused anger in Indonesia, which has been forced to take back seven boatloads of asylum-seekers turned around by the Australian navy since December.
At the opening of an international meeting on asylum-seekers in Jakarta, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said countries should stand by commitments to cooperate on the issue made at a conference last year.
Those commitments "confirmed our shared responsibility - shared responsibility, not (the) shifting of responsibility. Shared responsibility that requires coordination and cooperation," Mr Natalegawa said at Monday's meeting.
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