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Indonesia’s armed forces chief says ‘no apology’ for naming of frigate

Indonesia's Armed Forces Commander, General Moeldoko, said it was incorrectly reported that he had made an apology over the naming of a navy frigate after two Indonesian marines behind a 1965 bombing in Singapore. Dr Moeldoko told reporters on Thursday that his comments, in an interview with Singapore broadcaster Channel NewsAsia aired on Tuesday, were misunderstood. "Saying sorry that the naming of the Usman Harun is our final decision, does not mean saying sorry. If things are twisted, that's normal for reporters," he said.

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The Commander-in-Chief of the Indonesian Armed Forces has apologised over the naming of an Indonesian warship after two marines who carried out the bombing of MacDonald House in Singapore in 1965. General Moeldoko told Channel NewsAsia that the Indonesian military had meant no ill-will, and had not intended to stir up emotions in Singapore. He said the episode has been a learning process, and he is confident that future ties between the two militaries would grow even stronger. General Moeldoko said: "Once again I apologise. We have no ill intent whatsoever to stir emotions. Not at all. Second, relations between the two countries are on the mend. There have been communications among leaders. Singapore's Chief of Defence and I have spoken."

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