Jakarta puts Kevin Rudd on notice over asylum-seekers

Paul Maley 29/12/09; (2 Items)

Indonesia has put Kevin Rudd on notice that the special treatment offered to the 78 Tamils aboard the Oceanic Viking must be extended to the 255 Sri Lankans moored off the port of Merak. With the first big group of Oceanic Viking Tamils expected to arrive in Australia tomorrow, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry has revealed that Canberra has been told it must help resettle the 255 Tamils whose boat was stopped following a personal plea from Mr Rudd. Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said that while Jakarta had no wish to repeat the “unpleasant” experience of the Oceanic Viking, the government considered resolution of the Merak stand-off “part and parcel” of ending the Viking incident.

See: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/jakarta-puts-kevin-rudd-on-notice-over-asylum-seekers/story-e6frg6nf-1225814257261; Jakarta may use force to end Merak stand-off; Paul Maley and Lanai Vasek; 29.12.09; http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/jakarta-may-use-force-to-end-merak-stand-off/story-e6frg6nf-1225814268280

Border protection intercepts boat off Ashmore
29/12/09; http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/12/29/2781822.htm?section=justin
A boat carrying 11 suspected asylum seekers has been intercepted near the Ashmore Islands.The boat was spotted by a Royal Australian Air Force plane 22 nautical miles north west of the Islands late today.Border Protection Command intercepted the vessel. It is not yet clear where the 11 people on board the boat are from.