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Indonesian armed forces chief expresses regret over naming of frigate

Published on Apr 15, 2014 10:14 PM

INDONESIA’S armed forces commander, General Moeldoko, has expressed regret over the naming of a new frigate after two marines responsible for a bombing in Orchard Road in 1965.

“We have no ill intent whatsoever to stir emotions. Not at all,” he told Channel NewsAsia in an interview. “I apologise.”

Gen Moeldoko, however, said that the name of the ship would remain the KRI Usman Harun.

“Relations between the two countries are on the mend,” he said, adding that he had spoken with his Singapore counterpart, Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Ng Chee Meng.

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