The Indonesian Security Cabinet met today in Jakarta. Despite the deplorable events in Australia it has been decided the planned military exercises to be conducted by the combined Indonesian armed forces in West Timor will go ahead as planned.
President Simoni remarked: "These exercises have been planned for months. They are part of a regular cycle of such training exercises to keep Indonesia's military world class. I am happy to announce that several senior East Timorese military personnel will observe the exercise first-hand.
On the Sydney bombings, I want to repeat the Indonesian people are with the Australian people at this time. If this horrible event teaches us anything, it is that tolerance and understanding are the ways forward. I hope the Australian public remembers that in the days ahead."
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President of Republic of Indonesia - Official Press Release
11th April, 2005. Immediate release.
Jakarta - President Simoni of Indonesia has called Prime Minister Brain of Australia over the Sydney rail and other bombings. The President expressed his condolences on behalf of all the people of Indonesia. With all the generosity and help Australia has offered Indonesia in recent times the President has pledged all and any assistance that may be needed. To that end he has offered the use of a small brigade of the Indonesian Armed Forces and a contingent of the Indonesian police force with experience from the recent tsunami to help in recovery efforts. He has asked the Ministry for Culture to organise as soon as is practical a fundraising concert with the best of Indonesia's entertainment industry. The thoughts and prayers of all Indonesians are with Australia at this time.