23 Nov 2005

United States resumes financing Indonesian military

2:33 pm on 23 November 2005

The United States has announced it will resume military financing aid for Indonesia.

The State Department spokesman Sean McCormack says Washington plans to provide assistance for specific military programmes and units that will help modernise the Indonesian military.

The announcement follows moves earlier this year by the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to renew military ties with Indonesia.

US military dealings with Indonesia have been restricted since 1991 when Jakarta's forces launched a crackdown on pro-independence protesters in East Timor.

The United States has also made it clear full normalisation of military relations is contingent on the Indonesian authorities' efforts to solve the killing of two American teachers in the province of Papua in 2002.