Subject: AFP: Red Cross - No confirmation of large-scale atrocities in ETimor
Date: Tue, 24 Nov 1998 15:29:06 GMT
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No confirmation of large-scale atrocities in East Timor: Red Cross
JAKARTA, Nov 24 (AFP) - The International Committee of the Red Cross has found "no confirmation of large-scale atrocities" in the Alas region of East Timor, the ICRC regional representative told AFP Tuesday.
"Our cross-checking on the spot showed nothing that would indicate a confirmation that any large-scale atrocities had taken place," said Toni Pfanner after receiving a report from an ICRC team which has been in Alas for the past 24 hours.
Unconfirmed but persistent reports circulating since last week have said the Indonesian army had massacred dozens, and possibly hundreds, of East Timorese civilians in the Alas area.
TAPOL, the Indonesia Human Rights Campaign, 8 Hop Gardens London WC2N 4EH Tel: 171 497 5355 Fax: 171 4975313 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Defending the rights of the victims of oppression in Indonesia, East Timor, West Papua and Aceh, 1973-1998