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(generated from captions) over the death of Caroline Byrne. No-one has found them yet, boatload of Papuan asylum seekers but the mere suspicion that another unsettled relations with Indonesia. has landed in Australia has further in the Torres Strait, Air and sea patrols are continuing to find the boat. prepares for the possibility And as the Howard Government of more asylum claims, clear warning to all foreigners Indonesia's president has sounded a with Papua. to stay out of his nation's problems From Canberra, Greg Jennett reports. A joint Customs and Navy operation across Australia's north to catch illegal boats a raging success. has apparently been the Australian waters. We got it from 197 crewman captured. 23 boats seized, were from Indonesia. It's understood the vast majority to get to Australia unlawfully If they're trying to detect and intercept them. we will do everything we can slipped through the net. But one boat may have the Government leads it to believe Intelligence received by a family of six from the Indonesian province of Papua last week, fled their home in Merauke Deliverance Island washing up yesterday on or around in the Torres Strait. of concern to the Government Any illegal entrant to Australia is are no different to anyone else. and of course West Papuans It's not that simple.

of asylum claims by 42 Papuans, Coming so soon after the approval protection claims by another group

between neighbours. would only deepen the diplomatic row in the relationship Clearly this has created a strain as in any way a fatal strain. but I don't regard it There's a grave danger that we begin to see the Australian-Indonesian relationship spiral out of control. John Howard has signalled his intention to call President Yudhoyono who today visited Papua engaging in some megaphone diplomacy. In comments most likely directed at Canberra,

the president reportedly told Indonesian journalists: There is a genuine nervousness about Australia's involvement again

in the issue of Papua. Dewi Fortuna Anwar says Indonesia's perception of Australian sympathies for Papuan independence stems directly from this country's role in East Timor. To lose Papua, for Indonesia, is like losing its own limb. Aware of those sensitivities and the possibility that more boats could arrive at any time, John Howard and senior ministers are redoubling their efforts to soothe Jakarta's fears. Is West Papua East Timor all over again? No. Why not?

Because West Papua has always been part of Indonesia. I have a very strong view that the best resolution of these issues is within the sovereignty of the Republic of Indonesia over West Papua. And he says Indonesia's relationship with Australia is strong enough to survive.