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Indonesia has not released detained vessels carrying granite: MFA

26 March 2007

SINGAPORE: Singapore's Foreign Ministry (MFA) said Indonesia has not released the detained vessels carrying granite.

It was responding to media queries on whether Indonesia had released the vessels, following the meeting between Foreign Minister George Yeo and his Indonesian counterpart Hassan Wirajuda in Nuremburg earlier this month.

Minister Hassan had told Mr Yeo that an inter-departmental team had visited the Riaus to investigate the Indonesian Navy's detention of the tugboats and barges, carrying granite bound for Singapore.

He had also assured Minister Yeo that the Indonesian team's verification process would be transparent.

Singapore's Foreign Ministry added that Singapore has not heard from the Indonesians since then.

On Monday, MFA sent a diplomatic note to the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore to seek an update on the results of the Indonesian team's investigation.

- CNA/so