Indonesia protests U.S. over aircraft's violation of its territory border

09:38, July 21, 2011      

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Indonesian military has sent a protest letter against the United States after a U.S. transport aircraft entered Indonesia's territory without permission, Indonesian Military Commander Agus Suhartono said here on Wednesday.

Commander Agus Suhartono said that a plane C-17 Globemaster of the U.S. Air Force was detected to be entering Indonesia's territory in Riau province at the end of June, but then the plane could be chased away from the territory.

"We have sent a diplomatic protest to the country where the plane comes from," he said at the Home Affairs Ministry.

Several planes from foreign countries have frequently entered Indonesia's territory without permission, he said. "On this case we sent protests to the foreign countries as part of our effort in safeguarding our country," he said.

Last year, a Pakistani plane carrying people working for the United Nations in Timor Leste and a Malaysian plane carrying royal family were forced to land by Indonesian Air Force due to pass Indonesian territory without permission.

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