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Australia & Indonesia in spat over execution

There was a war of words between Indonesia and Australia over the execution of the two convicts Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

The controversial suggestion by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott that Chan and Sukumaran should be spared in return for aid pledged after the Boxing Day tsunami has inflamed nationalistic sentiment in Indonesia.

Over recent days, several lawmakers and parliamentarians have spoken up about the perceived meddling of foreign nations in Indonesia's domestic affairs, while Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla said that if the tsunami aid was not humanitarian in nature, Indonesia would gladly pay it back.

Indonesia insisted it will carry out the executions. Foreign ministry spokesman Armanatha Nasir told reporters in Jakarta that he hoped Mr Abbott's statement did not "reflect the true colours of Australians".

"Threats are not part of diplomatic language and no one responds well to threats," The Independent quoted him as saying.