April 9, 2006


Australia reviews asylum policy (BBC, 4/09/06)

Australian Prime Minister John Howard has launched a review of asylum policy, following a bitter row with Indonesia.

Mr Howard said any changes would ensure Australia would continue to fulfil its obligations under international law.

But he said Canberra would "pay proper regard" to the importance of the ties between Australia and Indonesia. [...]

"Whatever comes out of that review, you can be certain that it will meet our international obligations," he said.

"But it will also... pay proper regard to the importance of the relationship between Australia and Indonesia."

Mr Howard reiterated his support for a united Indonesia, saying that "the best path forward for west Papua is to be part of a more prosperous, more democratic Indonesia".

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 9, 2006 8:36 AM
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