Indonesia plans to set up independent coast guard

21:01, June 25, 2010      

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Former Indonesian coordinating minister for the economy Dorojatun Kuntjoro Jakti said Friday that the country needs a coast guard independent of the military to ensure that its current military resources are used for defense.

"The Navy's war ships should be used for defense activities, not to capture fishermen," said Dorojatun after a discussion at the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry in Jakarta.

Currently, Indonesia was still using naval war ships to safeguard its waters, including catching foreign or domestic fishermen operating without permits, he was quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying.

"In the United States, the coast guard is separate from the armed forces," said Dorojatun.

Indonesian Minister for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Fadel Muhammad said that the government was planning to establish an independent coast guard in the near future.

"We have held two meetings to discuss the possibility of establishing the body, and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has appointed the coordinating political, law and security affairs minister to lead the execution of the plan," he said.

Source: Xinhua


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