Australia to fund Indonesia to fight people smuggling

14:08, July 07, 2010      

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The Australian federal government on Wednesday said it will provide Indonesia with patrol boats and surveillance aircraft as part of a 25 million dollars (21.2 million U.S. dollars) package aimed at helping other countries in the region fight people smuggling.

Law enforcement agencies in Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka would also be provided with additional support.

The announcement came a day after Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard revealed she would seek greater regional co- operation to deal with people smuggling, including establishing a refugee processing center in Timor-leste.

Gillard, who inspected Customs vessels in Darwin on Wednesday, told Australian Associated Press that the package underlined the government's commitment to working with regional neighbors on the problem of people smuggling.

The package includes extra patrol boats, surveillance aircraft and communications equipment to help Indonesian police detect and disrupt people smuggling ventures in Indonesian waters.

Indonesia will also be given 5 million dollars (4.25 million U. S. dollars) to develop the computer forensic capabilities of its national police force.

Australia's police presence in the region will also be boosted with another seven federal police officers to be deployed to work with law enforcement partners.

The package also includes new land-based policing surveillance and investigative equipment for partner law enforcement agencies in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Source: Xinhua


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