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East Timor

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 5 June 2006, Official Report, column 315W, on East Timor, to the right hon. Member for Cynon Valley (Ann Clwyd) by what date her Department expects to make a formal response to the recommendations that the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in East Timor made in its final report. (81723)

We do not intend to make a formal response to the report of the East Timorese Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation. The document has been made public, but it is not yet clear whether the UN Secretary-General will ask the Security Council to consider the findings.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the answers of 15 June 2006, Official Report, column 471W, on East Timor, whether her Department has urged Indonesia’s authorities to investigate crimes committed in East Timor in September 1999 by Indonesia’s Battalion 745, including (a) the murder of Sander Thoenes and (b) the attack on Jon Swain and his three companions in the last 12 months; and if she will raise those matters with Indonesia’s Foreign Minister at the earliest opportunity. (81725)

We have made no representations in the past 12 months to the Indonesian Government regarding investigation of specific crimes committed in East Timor in September 1999. The East Timorese Government have made it clear that, having achieved independence, they do not seek criminal justice or compensation for past human rights violations but rather prioritise the need for reconciliation with Indonesia. East Timor and Indonesia have jointly set up a Commission for Truth and Friendship (CTF) as the way in which they wish to promote reconciliation and deal with previous human rights violations by both sides. We will continue to monitor the work of the CTF.