Indonesia, Australia military co-operation on hold for 'technical reasons'

Alicia WestJan 05, 2017

Responding to queries from The Straits Times, Indonesian armed forces (TNI) spokesman Wuryanto confirmed yesterday that ties with the Australian Defence Force have been halted.

Indonesia said today that it had suspended military cooperation with Australia, which had been a close partner in the fight against terrorism, after material deemed offensive to Indonesians was found on an Australian military base.

'It is something we would not countenance.I would hope at the conclusion of the inquiry, when we're able to indicate to Indonesia the steps that have been taken in Australia to address any of these concerns, we'll be able to discuss resuming the relationship across the board then, ' she said.

An Indonesian officer reported in November he was offended by some material at an Australian base in Perth, which reportedly mocked Indonesia's national ideology of Pancasila, and claimed that the disputed West Papua province should be given independence. But of course, in all conflicts it would be good to seek a resolution through diplomatic channels first.

Senator Payne said "some interaction between the two defence organisations has been postponed until the matter is resolved", but said co-operation in other areas was continuing.

There appears to be some confusion as to how serious the blow up is after Indonesia's Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu played down the suspension and said he would visit Australia soon.

However, ties appeared to be on the mend over the past year after Mr Turnbull met Indonesian President Joko Widodo in 2015.

The government's Defence White Paper, released in 2016, said Australia was committed to deepening the "defence partnership with Indonesia through: navy, army and air force co-operation; expanding our comprehensive pattern of training, exercises, and operations; more frequent policy and planning dialogue; and intelligence exchanges".

"For them to break off military cooperation is much more significant than a tiff about some generalised insult", he told The Straits Times.

"The Indonesian military is still very sensitive about the (intervention)", he said. "We should not overreact", he said on Wednesday.

Reuters reported that a spokesman for Indonesian President Joko Widodo said it was not a decision of the president and the military acted alone.

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