Subject: LUSA: US maintains restrictions on arms sales to Indonesia
Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 07:53:13 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Sharon R.A. Scharfe" <pet@web.net>

22 SET 98 - 09:49 East Timor/US : House of Representatives maintains restrictions on arms sales to Indonesia

Washington, Sept. 22 (Lusa) - The US House of Representatives voted in Washington on Monday to maintain restictions on arms sales to Indonesia.

The restrictions are part of foreign policy appropriations, stating that that US weaponry sold to Indonesia must not be used in East Timor.

The US Senate approved in a similar clause earlier this month, stating that the US arms sold to Jakarta "will not be used in East Timor". The House of Representatives also said it supported an internationally supervised referendum in East Timor to find a general solution to the political status of the occupied territory.

A representative of the East Timor Action Network, Lyn Frederiksson, welcomed the decision of the House of Representaives, adding the decision was proof that "normal relations with the Indonesian military are impossible without a fair solution to the case of East Timor and a genuinely democratic transition in Indonesia".

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