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Subject: Two Falintil hostages issue appeal to ABRI
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 1998 23:01:36 GMT
From: TAPOL

Date: 19 Nopember 1998 17:37

SOLID-NET Issued by SOLIDAMOR Solidarity for a Peaceful Settlement in East Timor Jl. Pramuka Jaya Sari No.9 Jakarta Pusat E-mail: solidmor@centrin.net.id; meganet@centrin.net.id


PRESS RELEASE: Translated by TAPOL

TWO HOSTAGES ISSUE APPEAL TO ABRI

Two hostages who are being held by Falintil, Private Matius Santos and Private Joao Baptista both of whom are from Kodim 1634 Alas in the district of Manufahi, have issued an appeal to ABRI not to initiate major military operations to free them. The two men who have been members of ABRI since 1991 said that they are in good health and are now together with Falintil troops who are on the move to avoid capture by ABRI.

The two men expressed the hope that further bloodshed could be avoided. They stressed that no more innocent young people be captured and tortured as this could only lead to yet more bloodshed.

They also said that if ABRI operations continue, their own lives would be put at risk, because the thirteen men who had originally been taken hostage (of whom eleven had since been released) had treated the local population with great brutality.

This press release was issued at 4pm Jakarta time, on Thursday, 19 November.

Jakarta, 19 Nopember 1998 SOLIDAMOR

Tri Agus S. Siswowihardjo Media Relations


TAPOL, the Indonesia Human Rights Campaign 111 Northwood Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey CR7 8HW, UK Phone: 0181 771-2904 Fax: 0181 653-0322 email: tapol@gn.apc.org Campaigning to expose human rights violations in Indonesia, East Timor, West Papua and Aceh

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