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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative

I am writing to urge your support the East Timor Repatriation and Security Act of 2000 (HR 4357). This important bill would prohibit military relations and assistance to the armed forces of Indonesia until certain conditions crucial to the consolidation of security for East Timor and democracy in Indonesia are met.

Specifically, the bill would continue President Clinton's suspension of military ties with Indonesia until the Indonesian government provides for the territorial integrity of East Timor; the security and safe return of refugees; and has brought to justice those individuals responsible for murder, rape, torture and other crimes against humanity in East Timor and Indonesia. Congress in the in the FY 2000 Foreign Operations Appropriations bill endorsed similar conditions these .The FY 2001 appropriations bill should continue and expand these conditions. The East Timor Repatriation and Security Act of 2000 would insure that all appropriate aspects of U.S.-Indonesia military relations are covered including those not addressed by the appropriations bill. This legislation is especially timely as the Pentagon prepares to resume some joint military exercises with Indonesia.

Over 100,000 East Timorese remain as refugees in West Timor, where they face ongoing threats and intimidation by Indonesian military-support militias, little to no medical care, and high levels of malnutrition. U.S. military ties with Indonesia must not be normalized until existing conditions are met and Indonesia meets additional requirements supporting civilian control over the Indonesian armed forces. The Indonesian military must also cooperate fully with domestic and international investigations of human rights abuses in East Timor and Indonesia. Such changes are necessary to support Indonesia's difficult transition to democracy.

I thank you for your prompt action in response to my concerns. We look forward to your co-sponsorship of the East Timor Repatriation and Security Act of 2000. After more than 24 years of suffering under a U.S.-backed grueling Indonesian occupation, the people of East Timor more than deserve the right to return home safely and the true deliverance of justice.

Sincerely,

 

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U.S. SENATE
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator,

I am writing to urge your support the East Timor Repatriation and Security Act of 2000, S. 2621. This important bill would prohibit military relations and assistance to the armed forces of Indonesia until certain conditions crucial to the consolidation of security for East Timor and democracy in Indonesia are met.

Specifically, the bill would continue President Clinton's suspension of military ties with Indonesia until the Indonesian government provides for the territorial integrity of East Timor; the security and safe return of refugees; and has brought to justice those individuals responsible for murder, rape, torture and other crimes against humanity in East Timor and Indonesia. Congress in the in the FY 2000 Foreign Operations Appropriations bill endorsed similar conditions these .The FY 2001 appropriations bill should continue and expand these conditions. The East Timor Repatriation and Security Act of 2000 would insure that all appropriate aspects of U.S.-Indonesia military relations are covered including those not addressed by the appropriations bill. This legislation is especially timely as the Pentagon prepares to resume some joint military exercises with Indonesia.

Over 100,000 East Timorese remain as refugees in West Timor, where they face ongoing threats and intimidation by Indonesian military-support militias, little to no medical care, and high levels of malnutrition. U.S. military ties with Indonesia must not be normalized until existing conditions are met and Indonesia meets additional requirements supporting civilian control over the Indonesian armed forces. The Indonesian military must also cooperate fully with domestic and international investigations of human rights abuses in East Timor and Indonesia. Such changes are necessary to support Indonesia's difficult transition to democracy.

I thank you for your prompt action in response to my concerns. We look forward to your co-sponsorship of the East Timor Repatriation and Security Act of 2000. After more than 24 years of suffering under a U.S.-backed grueling Indonesian occupation, the people of East Timor more than deserve the right to return home safely and the true deliverance of justice.

Sincerely,

 

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