Statement by East Timorese Leaders on West Timor Deaths
Statement by Xanana Gusmão, President, and José Ramos-Horta, Nobel
Laureate and Vice President, National Council of Timorese
We extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends and
colleagues of the international workers killed this week in West Timor and
to the U.N. community of which they were a vital part.
The brutal attack on the UNHCR office is the result of bad faith on the
part of the Indonesian military leadership.They cannot escape
responsibility by blaming militia.It is not only the refugees but the
people of West Timor who are held hostage by militia gangs supported by
elements of the military.
During the course of the Millennium Summit, we have met with Indonesian
President Abdurrahman Wahid to reiterate our full support for his efforts
to bring democracy to his country. We call on him and the international
community to forge a common front against impunity and organized crime in
Indonesia and West Timor.
If Indonesia fails to deal with the violence against refugees and
international staff, Indonesia must seek help from its ASEAN neighbors and
international community to restore law and order in West Timor.
The U.N. Security Council must now consider establishing an
international tribunal on East Timor to punish those responsible for war
crimes and crimes against humanity. Only a tribunal will send a clear
signal to the criminal elements who destroyed East Timor and continue to
terrorize refugees, international staff and others that the world does not
tolerate their impunity. At the same time we reiterate our continuing
trust in the leadership of Indonesia's Attorney General Marzuki Darusman.
We view a tribunal as complementary to his efforts.
National Council of Timorese Resistance/National Congress
New York, New York
8 September 2000
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