Australia defends ties with Indonesia’s counter-terrorism unit

Australia has defended its role in the support and training of Indonesia’s elite police counter-terrorism unit, Detachment 88.

Australia's Foreign Minister, Bob Carr

Australia’s Foreign Minister, Bob Carr

Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Bob Carr, says that it’s vital Indonesia has the ability to disrupt terrorist groups.

Australia provided funding to the Indonesian forces for specific counter-terrorism initiatives, including cars, telecoms and computer equipment worth Aus$314,500 (US$325,810) over two years.

Australia’s Foreign Minister also addressed that Australia had consistently recognized Indonesian sovereignty over Papua.(*wpnn)

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