Nov. 23 - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott wants to strengthen ties with Indonesia while locals call for ties to be cut with Australia over spying allegations. Julie Noce reports.
Indonesia residents in Jakarta Saturday continue to push for severed ties with Australia after allegations surfaced last week that the country has been spying on Indonesian officials. Newspaper headlines decree an audit of the country's security system. Australia has been the problem from the beginning, this man said. They cannot be trusted. Media reports last week quoted documents leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, suggesting Australia had tried to monitor the phones of top Indonesian officials in 2009. The quickly souring ties between the countries has Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott playing damage control. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER TONY ABBOTT, SAYING: "Certainly one of the fundamental tasks of my government is to ensure that our relationship with Indonesia goes from strength to strength. Now, obviously, there'll be good days and there'll be better days, but my determination is ensure that the relationship is constantly improving and my gratitude is always to president Yudhoyono, who has been a very good friend to Australia, one of the best friends we've ever had." Abbott has neither denied or confirmed the allegations.