etmnlong.gif (2291 bytes) spacer To impose an immediate suspension of assistance to the Government of Indonesia until the results of the August 30, 1999, vote in East Timor have been implemented, and for other purposes. (Introduced in the House)

HR 2809 IH

106th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2809

To impose an immediate suspension of assistance to the Government of Indonesia until the results of the August 30, 1999, vote in East Timor have been implemented, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 8, 1999

Mr. KENNEDY of Rhode Island introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations, and in addition to the Committee on Banking and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To impose an immediate suspension of assistance to the Government of Indonesia until the results of the August 30, 1999, vote in East Timor have been implemented, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SUSPENSION OF ASSISTANCE.

    (a) Multilateral Economic Assistance-

      (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of the Treasury shall instruct the United States executive directors to the international financial institutions to oppose, and vote against, any extension by those institutions of any financial assistance (including any technical assistance or grant) of any kind to the Government of Indonesia.

      (2) SENSE OF CONGRESS- It is the sense of Congress that the international financial institutions should withhold the balance of any undisbursed approved loans or other assistance to the Government of Indonesia.

      (3) INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS DEFINED- In this subsection, the term `international financial institution' includes the International Monetary Fund, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Development Association, the International Finance Corporation, the Multilateral Investment Guaranty Agency, and the Asian Development Bank.

    (b) RESTRICTION ON BILATERAL ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE- None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available to carry out chapter 1 of part I (relating to development assistance) or chapter 4 of part II (relating to economic support fund assistance) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 may be available for Indonesia, except subject to the procedures applicable to reprogramming notifications under section 634A of that Act.

    (c) PROHIBITION ON MILITARY-TO-MILITARY COOPERATION AND SUPPORT-

      (1) ASSISTANCE- None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available under the following provisions of law (including unobligated balances of prior year appropriations) may be available for Indonesia:

        (A) The Foreign Military Financing Program under section 23 of the Arms Export Control Act.

        (B) Chapter 2 of part II of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (relating to military assistance).

        (C) Chapter 5 of part II of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (relating to international military education and training assistance).

      (2) LICENSING- None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available under the following provisions of law (including unobligated balances of prior year appropriations) may be available for licensing exports of defense articles or defense services to Indonesia under section 38 of the Arms Export Control Act.

    (d) MULTILATERAL EFFORTS- The President should coordinate with other countries, particularly member states of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, to develop a comprehensive, multilateral strategy to further the purposes of this Act, including urging other countries to take measures similar to those described in this Act.

SEC. 2 . EXCEPTION.

    Section 1 shall not apply to the provision of food or medical assistance to Indonesia or East Timor for humanitarian purposes.

SEC. 3. CONDITIONS FOR THE TERMINATION OF MEASURES.

    (a) IN GENERAL- The measures described in section 1 shall apply with respect to the Government of Indonesia until the President determines and certifies to the appropriate congressional committees that--

      (1) a safe and secure environment exists in East Timor, that Timorese who were forced to flee the militia-led violence are able to safely return to East Timor, and that there is freedom of movement within East Timor;

      (2) the United Nations Assistance Mission in East Timor (UNAMET) can resume its mandate pursuant to the June 11, 1999, authorization by the United Nations Security Council without threat or intimidation of its personnel;

      (3) steps have been taken to implement the results of the August 30, 1999, vote on East Timor's political status, which expressed the will of a majority of the Timorese people; and

      (4) the Armed Forces of the Republic of Indonesia is conducting itself in a manner consistent with its responsibilities to its citizens and its international commitments.

    (b) APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES DEFINED- In this section, the term `appropriate congressional committees' means the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate and the Committee on International Relations and the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives.

SEC. 4. SENSE OF CONGRESS.

    It is the sense of Congress that the United States should strongly support the authorization of an international peacekeeping force for East Timor and support such a force in an appropriate manner.


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