Subject: KY: Indonesia 'open' to work with U.N. Commission of Experts

Friday April 29, 4:27 PM

Indonesia 'open' to work with U.N. inquiry team on E. Timor abuses

(Kyodo) _ Indonesia is open to be a partner of a commission set up by the U.N. Security Council to review the prosecution of human rights abusers in East Timor in 1999, when East Timorese voted for independence from Jakarta, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday.

It was the latest position of the Indonesian government on the issue after Jakarta had repeatedly said that the establishment of the Commission of Experts is unnecessary and "redundant" as East Timor and Indonesia have had their own Commission of Truth and Friendship to investigate human rights abuses, which was set up last month.

Two weeks ago, the Indonesian government rejected visa applications by three members of the Commission of Experts to visit Indonesia.

"We are open to be engaged in partnership with the Commission of Experts because U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said that the objective of the commission is to assist the work of the Commission of Truth and Friendship," ministry spokesman Marty Natalegawa told a press conference.

Annan met with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono last week on the sidelines of the Asian-African Conference in Jakarta.

Natalegawa said that Indonesia did not reject the existence of the Commission of Experts, but its presence and work must be "adjusted with the priority we have given to the Commission of Truth and Friendship."

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