CGI DONOR CONFERENCE FOR INDONESIA MUST BE POSTPONED
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Make Two Calls This Week!
The Consultative Group on Indonesia
(CGI) meeting, an annual international donors conference convened by
the World Bank, is scheduled for October 17-18 in Tokyo. Last month, World
Bank president James Wolfensohn wrote Indonesian President Abdurrahman
Wahid linking funding from international donors to Indonesia's control of
militias in West Timor. Wolfensohn wrote, "I look forward to being
able to report to donors at next month's Consultative Group meeting that
the violence has ended, that the United Nations has been able to resume
its humanitarian activities and that those who want to return home to East
Timor are now being allowed to do so in safety." But nothing has
changed! (see more background below)
Following last year's post-referendum violence, threats to funding for
Indonesia made by international financial institutions and donor countries
were crucial in forcing the Indonesian military and militia withdrawal
from East Timor. The same actions are now warranted to stop militias still
supported by the Indonesian military. The CGI meeting must be postponed!!
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
* Call or fax Secretary of Treasury Lawrence Summers, 202-622-5300,
fax: 202-622-0073, email: Larry.Summers@do.treas.gov
* Call or fax World Bank President James Wolfensohn, 202-477-1234, fax:
202-522-0355, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
* If you have time, also call or fax Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright, 202-647-5291, fax: 202-647-6434, E-mail: email@example.com
Tell them, the CGI meeting should be postponed until:
* The government of Indonesia verifiably disarms and disbands militias
in West Timor, arrests militia leaders, and allows them to be brought to
* Security is credibly guaranteed for all international and local
humanitarian workers, and they are granted safe, unimpeded access to all
* An internationally-supervised refugee registration is underway,
allowing refugees to choose to repatriate or resettle without fear of
* An independent fact-finding team with international representatives
has been dispatched to West Timor to investigate the murder of UNHCR staff
and East and West Timorese civilians on September 6.
* Indonesia has allowed a proposed UN Security Council delegation visit
to verify Indonesia's compliance with Security
Council Resolution 1319 (see below for explanation).
Bilateral and multilateral donors to Indonesia which make up the CGI,
including the U.S., Japan, the European Union, World Bank, International
Monetary Fund, and the Asian Development Bank, plan to meet in Tokyo on
October 17-18, to discuss aid for Indonesia. They are going forward
despite the abysmal failure of Indonesia to rein in militias controlling
refugee camps in West Timor.
Indonesia's most recent promise to disarm militias in West Timor has
proven to be, in
the words of the UN's Special Representative for the Secretary General
Sergio Vieira de Mello, "pathetic." Indonesian security
forces have yet to crack down on militias controlling camps in West Timor.
While many homemade weapons have been collected by Indonesian security
forces in West Timor, few modern weapons have been confiscated or
voluntarily returned. Since the killings of three UN High Commissioner for
Refugee (UNHCR) workers, including an American citizen, international
humanitarian organizations have evacuated from West Timor. Few have
returned. With virtually no international monitoring presence in the
camps, militias are believed to have an even tighter reign over the
refugees, taking roll call every night in some camps. Supplies of food and
medicine are running low; an even greater humanitarian disaster looms,
with the threat of starvation and an impending rainy season.
Over 100,000 East Timorese refugees remain in West Timor, many held as
virtual hostages to armed militias who control their movements. With no
international monitoring presence in West Timor, medical and food supplies
are said to be running dangerously low, and the rainy season is about to
begin. An even greater crisis is looming.
Following the September 6 militia rampage in Atambua, West Timor, that
left 3 UNHCR workers and at least 11 East and West Timorese civilians
dead, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1319 on September 8. The
resolution calls for "immediate and effective action" to resolve
the crisis in West Timor. The Indonesian government has refused to
cooperate with a proposed UN Security Council delegation to investigate
compliance with Resolution 1319.
leaders, the International Federation
for East Timor and Human
Rights Watch are among the organizations calling for a postponement of
See http://www.etan.org/ifet for
additional background and more information.
Please let us know the results of your contacts.
John M. Miller, (718)596-7668, firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Orenstein, ETAN's Washington office, 202-544-6911, email@example.com.
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