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Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 18 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what mechanism has been established to monitor and report on the use of Hawk fighter jets in Indonesia. [119064]

I visited Indonesia on 3–4 June, and raised the issue of the use of Hawk aircraft with senior Members of the Indonesian Government, including President Megawati. I warned the Indonesian Government of the possible consequences for defence sales and our defence relationship if Hawk aircraft are used to violate human rights.

Our embassy in Jakarta receives information from inter alia, NGOs, other foreign observers and the media as well as from the Government.