Thursday, July 29, 2004
Meanwhile, Downer's ALP shadow cabinet counterpart says some stuff about cooperation and not upsetting people and blah blah blah... ...
Kevin Rudd, Labour's foreign affairs spokesman, accused Mr Downer of upsetting two important allies with "megaphone diplomacy".Mr. Rudd: when a country give up its own southern portion to groups that the government's supposedly trying to put down, it's not going to do a whole lot more just because a foreign country would appreciate the help and asked really nicely.
He said Australia needed the co-operation of the Philippines in the fight against regional terrorist groups such as Jemaah Islamiah and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front."We must be co-operative rather than part of an international blame game," he said.