DEPUTY East Timor PM Jose Luis Guterres yesterday indicated his country would be unable to accept Australia’s plan to build an asylum-seeker processing centre.
Amid increasing signs of opposition to the plan in East Timor, Ms Gillard yesterday held discussions with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and pledged $25 million to fund a crackdown on people-smuggling across the region, including patrol boats and surveillance planes to help Jakarta’s efforts.
East Timor leaders Xanana Gusmao and Jose Ramos-Horta will meet this morning to debate the Australian government’s plan, but Mr Guterres yesterday said his country had previously rejected a similar request from former foreign minister Alexander Downer and was still “not in a condition to accept a detention centre”.
Oh dear I was hoping for more sense from her but I should have known better:
It might have been an idea to clear it up with the East Timores leaders first don’t you think?