Indonesian Navy officers during a training session. (Antara Photo/Yusran Uccang)

Military Training Suspension Won't Disrupt Indonesia-Australia Relations: Chief Security Minister


JANUARY 05, 2017

Jakarta. The temporary suspension of a joint training between the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) should not disrupt bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries, Chief Security Minister Wiranto said on Thursday (05/01).

Indonesia suspended the training after an Indonesian soldier reported teaching materials and verbal remarks made at an army language training facility in Australia that reportedly insulted the TNI and demeaned Indonesia's state ideology Pancasila.

A language instructor from the Indonesian Army’s special force Kopassus said he had received learning materials that contained a misspelling of Indonesia's state ideology Pancasila into "Pancagila" (Crazy Five) as well as controversial statements on Papua, Timor Leste and the banned Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) during a joint training session at an Australian military base in Perth.

Wiranto confirmed the suspension of the joint military training with Australia, adding that it was only temporary and partial.

"This will not disrupt the bilateral relationship between the two countries, which has been going well recently," Wiranto said in Jakarta.

The former general said he is convinced cooperation will be restored as soon as the Australian government completes its investigation into the case.