Onrust tussen Australië en Indonesië?
Het leek eerst een soort beschuldigingsmarathon te worden en een welles nietes spelletje tussen beide landen, maar nu ik er over nadenk is het niet meer dan logisch als we kijken naar de internationale situatie in dat specifieke gebied en de troepenopbouw van diverse grote wereldmachten in dat bewuste zelfde gebied.
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Bron: -> http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/j ... ott-spyingIndonesian president says he felt betrayed by Tony Abbott over spying
The Indonesian president has lamented Tony Abbott's handling of last year's spying row, revealing in a new book he felt betrayed by the Australian prime minister, whom he had considered a good friend.
In the book, Selalu Ada Pilihan (There is Always a Choice), Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono writes of a deep sense of regret over the spying controversy, which emerged in November, when relations between Indonesia and Australia were at a high.
Indonesia late last year "downgraded" its relationship with Australia, suspending military and police co-operation, including in the key area of people smuggling, in response to revelations Yudhoyono, his wife and the president's inner circle had been targeted by Australian spies.
The relationship, which the president described as being at an all-time high when the spying was revealed, has since plummeted to its lowest point since the 1999 East Timor crisis.
In the book, Yudhoyono makes it clear Abbott's handling of the affair and his refusal to apologise had caused the most significant damage to the bilateral relationship in recent times, and had also hurt him personally.
Yudhoyono writes that he had initially refrained from ordering a harsh response to the spying revelations, but changed tack after Abbott refused to apologise, and continued to insist that such activities were the normal behaviour of governments.
"When my best friend Tony Abbott made several statements before the Australian parliament suggesting the case was normal and refused to apologise, I could no longer stay silent," Yudhoyono wrote in the book.
In what is perhaps another telling pointer to the level of resentment felt by the president, the 900-page book's release, initially scheduled for December, was delayed, allowing for the addition of a chapter dedicated to the spying row, which was headed: "A leader has to be firm, but remain rational".
The book was launched in Jakarta on Friday before a gathering of about 1,000 people, including members of Indonesia's political and business elite.
Yudhoyono also writes that he could not accept the rationale behind Australia's decision to spy on himself and his closest confidants.
"Also important is that the incident related to the moral and ethical side of being a good neighbour."
The president argues that Australia should have briefed Indonesia over the so-called "Five Eyes" spying program, which was conducted in partnership with the United States and other nations in the region.
"When I read the news of the wiretapping involving the US and Australia, I instructed foreign minister Marty Natalegawa to seek clarification from Australia.
"But their reply was between 'yes' and 'no'," he wrote, in a reference to the Australian government's refusal to confirm or deny the existence of the spying program.
It appears clear from the book that Yudhoyono remains upset over the dramas of late last year, pointing out that he is yet to receive a sufficient explanation from Australia.
It was after Abbott's refusal to apologise over the eavesdropping affair that Yudhoyono ordered co-operation to be suspended on various fronts, and then insisted on a so-called "road-map" back to normal relations.
Ik dacht ik open er maar even een draadje voor zodat we ook in de toekomst de situatie aldaar in dit topic hier kunnen bespreken.