Indonesia suspends co-operation with Australia military over 'insult'

Indonesia suspends co-operation with Australia military over 'insult'

Kerry Wise
January 5, 2017

A spokesman for Indonesian president Joko Widodo said no discussion had taken place and the issue had been exaggerated.

Indonesian media outlet, Kompas, has reported the offensive material found at the facility was in regards to West Papua and the Pancasila.

Another offensive material was found displayed in the military base, showing the writing PANCAGILA, an adjustment of Pancasila, five basic principles that serves as Indonesia's ideology.

Kompas reported that a telegram instruction, dated December 29 from Indonesian military commander General Gatot Nurmantyo, instructed that all military co-operation, including training with the Australian Defence Force, be suspended.

The director of the Institute for Defence, Security and Peace Studies in Indonesia, Mufti Makarim, was quoted in the newspaper saying it was wrong of the Australian military to enter into Indonesian politics.

The material was insulting to the Indonesian state ideology of Pancasila, which is symbolised by a Javan hawk-eagle.

Consists of two Javanese words, originally from Sanskrit: "panca" meaning five and "sila" meaning principles.

"Whether or not we will continue with the joint exercise, I will have to get back to you on that", First Admiral Jonias Mozes Sipasulta, from the Indonesian navy, told the ABC.

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She said the military were preparing for the February training exercise and was unsure if Indonesia would participate.

He said Indonesia expected "maximum benefit for both sides" as part of the relationship and insisted communications with Australia were continuing.

Australia's Defence Minister Marise Payne yesterday confirmed a TNI officer had raised concerns about the "teaching materials and remarks" late past year.

In addition to the 2013 allegations of Australian spying, ties were also strained in 2015 following Indonesia's executions of Australian drug smugglers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, and its criticism of Australia's border protection policy.

Prof Kingsbury speculated that the offensive materials in question may be related to Australia's involvement in the lead-up to Indonesia's withdrawal from what was then East Timor in 2002.

In September past year, the first joint training exercise on Australian soil since 1995 was staged in the northern city of Darwin.

Military co-operation was suspended at that time as well and Indonesia's ambassador to Australia was recalled.