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Australia calls for regional fight against drug trade after executions

Photographs of executed drug convicts are displayed at the hospital morgue in Jakarta on April 29, 2015 as part of a prayerAustralian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called Thursday for a regional approach to tackle drug trafficking, saying the death penalty would not halt the illegal trade after Indonesia executed seven foreigners sparking international anger. Canberra recalled its ambassador to Indonesia after two Australians, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, were killed by a firing squad on Wednesday, along with five other foreign drug convicts and one Indonesian. The minister said Australia wanted to have discussions with Indonesia and other neighbours on the region’s efforts to deal with the “scourge of drug trafficking in and out of our countries”. “Australia is a victim of the drug trafficking trade as well but I fail to see how executing two young men who, indeed, were an example of how to rehabilitate drug offenders can deter the drug trade,” Bishop said.

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