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MISSING MH370: Indonesia strongly denies withholding information
Publication Date : 20-03-2014
Indonesia has denied withholding information pertaining to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
In a strongly-worded statement, the Indonesian embassy hit out at a Malaysian Malay daily for claiming that it had not released radar data that MH370 that had allegedly flown through its air space.
"Indonesia has expressed its protest against the daily for implicating it to an article titled MH370 Hidden in the United States Base in Diego Garcia? published on March 17.
"The article referred to speculation in Cabal Times portal that implicated Indonesia in a global secret movement or western coalition that had a particular agenda," the embassy said in a statement.
Dismissing the speculation as baseless, the embassy said it was concocted to create confusion.
"The article has hurt the feelings of family members of the missing passengers, including those from Indonesia," it added.
The embassy stressed that Indonesia was among the first to respond when the Boeing 777-200 went missing on March 8.
"Indonesia has deployed eight vessels, three aircrafts, as well as personnel from the Indonesian Armed Forces and the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas)," he said.
Indonesia was committed to assist in the spirit of Asean brotherhood, and its exceptionally strong ties with Malaysia, he added.
"Indonesia will continue to give its support and co-operation in the search operation until the missing airplane is found," he added.
Indonesia called on all quarters to stop making irresponsible speculation, as the priority now was on the search mission.