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Indonesia wants Lanka’s involvement with 78 refugees PDF Print E-mail
Indonesia’ foreign minister Marty Natalegawa says Sri Lanka and Australia should a joint effort in determining the fate of 78 Sri Lankan refugees who were intercepted by an Australian ship in Indonesian waters last month.

Minister Natalegawa further said that Indonesia was trying to solve this issue through cooperation but Indonesia alone would not be able to resolve the problem.

The Indonesian Foreign Minister said "It is only their provisional and temporary settlement here... We don't expect to carry the responsibility alone,".

According to him the Foreign Ministry was verifying the identity of the refugees, which would be followed up by the UNHCR to determine whether they could be granted the required refugee status for settlement in a third country.

Marty Natalegawa said "We have a commitment from Australia and Sri Lanka that the verification process would not take a long time,“.

Australian ship, Oceanic Viking, brought the Sri Lankans last month to Tanjung Pinang on Indonesia's Bintan Island. After a long standoff the refugees agreed to disembark the ship few days ago, after Australian government assured help to resettle them in Australia.

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