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Last Updated: Monday, 11 August, 2003, 08:11 GMT 09:11 UK
Australia renews Kopassus links
The Australian government say it is to resume military links with a controversial Indonesian special forces squad, the Kopassus unit.

Canberra broke off contact with the unit when it was accused of supporting pro-Jakarta militias which committed atrocities after East Timor voted for independence four years ago.

The Australian Defence Force chief, Peter Cosgrove, said renewed cooperation was necessary because the Kopassus unit handled counter-terrorism and hostage rescue in Indonesia.

General Cosgrove said Australia need to collaborate in case, as he put it, "heaven forbid we need to rescue Australians, Indonesians and other people in the grip of terrorists".

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