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Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what monitoring of Indonesian military operation in Aceh is being undertaken by the UK Embassy in Jakarta; what discussions his Department has held with women's rights organisations on such operations; and if he will make a statement. [113234]

[holding answer 13 May 2003]: Our Embassy in Jakarta will be using all available sources of information, including NGOs, to monitor military operations in Aceh.FCO officials have recently held discussions with an Aceh-based member of ORPAD, the Acehnese Women's Organisation for Democracy, who had expressed concern about the noticeable build-up of military activity in Aceh.