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Meeting summary as agreed between Australia and Indonesia

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Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Scott Morrison

Meeting summary as agreed between Australia and Indonesia

! November 2013

Indonesia's Minister for Law and Human Rights, Dr Amir Syamsuddin, and Australia's Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Honourable Scott Morrison MP, met in Jakarta on 30 October 2013 to enhance cooperation on countering people smuggling.

Consistent with the commitment President Yudhoyono and Prime Minister Abbott made during their 30 September meeting to strengthen Indonesia's and Australia's leadership of regional efforts in this field, the Ministers discussed a range of measures aimed at countering the scourge of people smuggling.

Ministers reaffirmed that Indonesia and Australia were resolved to end a crime that afflicts the region, has led to the deaths of over a thousand people, and has especially damaged the interests of the two countries and their peoples.

They also reaffirmed that Indonesia and Australia would adhere to central principles in enhancing bilateral cooperation, including consistency with the Bali Process's regional framework and the Jakarta Declaration, respect for sovereignty and burden sharing.

They agreed to boosting operational activities between key agencies to detect and prevent people smuggling ventures, and to arrest and prosecute people smugglers in accordance with their respective national laws and regulations.

They also agreed on the need for further work to develop stronger border regimes to address the irregular movement of persons, including closer cooperation with countries of origins through the Bali Process, implementation of the Jakarta Declaration and other existing regional mechanisms.

Ministers agreed that strong comprehensive cooperation would be a deterrent against people smuggling.