Subject: Bishop Belo rejects Indon military probe

Indonesian Observer Jan 17, 2000

Belo unwilling to be probed

JAKARTA (IO) Coordinator of the Military Advocacy Team Adnan Buyung Nasution has regretted the statements by Dili Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo rejecting the investigations to be carried out by the military advocacy team.

"If Pak Belo had given information to the UN Team (Commission of Inquiry on East Timor), why is he unwilling to inform us? This is unfair. I really regret this," Buyung told reporters on the sidelines of a discussion in Jakarta on Saturday.

He confirmed his advocacy team will today leave for Dili. The team, consisting of 13 personnel, will question several key figures, including President of the National Council of East Timor Resistance (CNRT) Jose Xanana Gusmao.

Buyung said that Xanana Gusmao has agreed to be investigated by the military advocacy team.

The team members, include former Justice Minister Muladi, Ruhut Sitompul, and Hotma Sitompoel.

"We will stay there for five days," Buyung was quoted by berpolitik.com as saying.


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