Australia Ordered to Investigate Breach at Indonesian Consulate
With relations barely recovering from a squabble that resulted in the temporary suspension of the Indonesia- Australia military cooperation, an insensitive prank that involved the raising of the Free Papua Movement flag at the Indonesian Consulate General in Melbourne last week has drawn more controversy and ire from the Indonesian government.
Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi has immediately called on Australian authorities to investigate the incident that could put the relationship between the two neighbours to yet another diplomatic test.
Marsudi, in a statement issued by her ministry, ordered the accelerated completion of the investigation by Australian authorities and to bring to justice the culprit who breached the Indonesian Consulate General in Melbourne.
The foreign affairs minister said the incident was a serious criminal act and as such, Australia, being the host country, must take responsibility in investigating and guaranteeing the safety of foreign missions in accordance with the Vienna Convention.
Marsudi talked with Julie Bishop, her Australian counterpart, in early January to ensure that legal action is taken against the suspect, while the Indonesian ambassador in Canberra has convened with local authorities to ensure the safety of all staff and mission members.