ACTION AND LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
The Clinton administration should press the Indonesian government to free all political prisoners in Indonesia and East Timor and make substantial and monitored troop withdrawals from East Timor in preparation for a UN-supervised referendum on self-determination.
On July 10, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution calling on President Clinton to "work actively to support an internationally supervised referendum on self-determination." (See article on front page.) President Clinton must now act on this resolution.
Please write to President Clinton (sample letters posted here) and your Representative today the Congressional Session ends in October. You can also call or write the President:
White House Comment Line: (202) 456-1111
The White House
Urge your Representative to co-sponsor
1. House Concurrent Resolution 258, which supports East Timors right to self-determination. Introduced by Representatives Lowey (D-NY), Porter (R-IL), Lantos (D-CA) and Christopher Smith (R-NJ).
2. International Military Training Accountability Act (H.R. 3802), which closes loopholes for U.S. military training of Indonesian troops, banning all such training.
To co-sponsor either or both bills, your Representative should contact Rep. Loweys office. Although each already has several dozen co-sponsors, more are needed to bring them to the House floor for passage.
Urge your Representative and Senator to keep the ban on IMET
For the past several years, the Foreign Aid Appropriations Acts have contained limitations on U.S. weapons sales to Indonesia and restrictions on U.S.-supplied training for Indonesian soldiers (IMET). In this years bill the Senate version prohibits the use of U.S. weapons in East Timor but allows IMET. The House bill bars IMET but says nothing about weapons sales. We want the final law (which must be agreed upon by a conference committee from both houses), to contain both provisions. Contact your Representative and Senator and urge them to let the conference committee know their support for the clearest possible message to Indonesias brutal, still-powerful, military.
Senators and Representatives can be phoned at 202-224-3121 or their local offices.
Write to Rep. _________, US House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515.
Write to Senator _________, US Senate, Washington, DC 20510.
For a list of Congressional e-mail addresses, try http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/ This website also includes office phone and fax numbers. For copies of any of these bills, and more background information, visit ETANs website or call one of our staffers.