Monday, August 11, 2003

Australia to invade Indonesia?

I don’t think so, but if I were an Indonesian who saw the map accompanying this story in today’s Oz, I’d be mightily miffed. The map (hardcopy only) could either be termed laughably (perhaps in the Amrozi “funny ha ha (NOT)” sense) incompetent, or else diplomatically reckless.

It shows the Indonesian island of Roti, correctly to scale, a short distance from the provincial capital of Kupang, West Timor. However, the map also shows Roti as bisected by the current (agreed in 1972) Indonesian/Australian border. And not even quite bisected, either: it is actually more like the southern two-thirds (which are the best bits, I can attest) of Roti that have apparently been ceded to, or grabbed by Australia.

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