SYDNEY/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia and Australia sought to calm tensions on Thursday after Indonesia's military suspended ties because. Australia's and Indonesia's notions of national identity are often in stark contrast. Diplomatic relations will not be broken off and trade, defence training and aid are likely . Quote: Pity he can't get on and manage Australia. While Japan and Indonesia are traditional partners for Canberra, the India's defence relations with Australia has been growing over the past.
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He said he had planned to go to Australia this week but had postponed because the Defence minister here was in hospital. In the speech the General reportedly resorted to Cold War rhetoric and spoke about the soldiers being groomed as sources or agents of influence. And Mr Ryacudu urged for a normalisation of relations, saying: The newspaper did not quote anyone by name, saying the information had come from a source.
The source claimed that when the trainer met the principal of the training academy to convey their objections, the trainer found further writings that were insulting to the Indonesian state symbol, the Pancasila. It was on laminated paper.
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Mr Wuryanto said that the suspension of co-operation related to many issues, not just one thing. Indonesia suspended the relationship previously over a phone-tapping scandal. We do not say the TNI did not have a problem. He said such forums were not a place for sensitive themes to be discussed.
The Australian government's response has at least in part acknowledged this public sentiment. As a government that has not been doing well in the polls, it probably felt it had little choice but to step up both the rhetoric and, eventually, the action.
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At least being seen to try to do something to save the lives of two Australians means it cannot be said to have abandoned them, even if it knew privately all along that such appeals were very unlikely to succeed. Australia's withdrawal of its ambassador Paul Grigson is unprecedented for Australia but is consistent with actions taken by other countries that have had their nationals executed by Indonesia for drug offences.
It follows a suspension of ministerial contact, which the prime minister announced today is already under way.
At a political level, this is probably the least that Australia could do by way of expressing its disapproval. At another level, however, it is also the most it is likely to do.
Diplomatic relations will not be broken off and trade, defence training and aid are likely to continue more or less uninterrupted. Australia's embassy will continue to function and bureaucratic links between the two countries will continue, if more subdued for some time.
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At some point, a procedural matter will be escalated up to ministerial level and contact will inevitably resume. Indonesia is too important to Australia - and Australia holds some importance for Indonesia — for this diplomatic gesture to be either indefinite or to be escalated. It has been noted, over decades, that Australia and Indonesia are two very different countries.
Since Indonesia's move towards democratisation, a number of politicians have highlighted the growing similarities, by way of trying to shift somewhat negative public perception. But the judicial systems of the two countries are very different and not well understood by each other. Notions of national identity are often in stark contrast - one being more voluntary and the other being, in some cases, more compelled - and perceptions about the use of violence and human rights concerns remain.
Australia and Indonesia will continue to face challenges as near neighbours.