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Thursday, June 16, 2005

US, Indonesia urged to boost joint maritime security work

Pretty easy to suggest, hard to implement: US, Indonesia urged to boost maritime security work
he study sponsored by the U.S.-Indonesia Society urged Washington to allocate $30 million over five years to help the Indonesian navy beef up communications, intelligence and operations in the region, through which much of the world's trade moves.
"The U.S. should make maritime security a priority issue in our relations with Indonesia," said study author Bronson Percival, a terrorism expert at the Center for Naval Analysis.
Describing the waters surrounding Indonesia as the "most dangerous in the world", he said the piracy-plagued Strait of Malacca, which is bordered by Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, was particularly vulnerable to attack by light boats or mines.
"Pirates in the Strait of Malacca have proved how easy it would be for maritime terrorists to operate there," Percival said in a presentation in Washington of his report "Indonesia and the United States: Shared Interests in Maritime Security."
Yep. They have.

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