|Subject: AFP: Euro Parliament demands Timor probe
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 1999 12:06:32 -0500
From: "John M. Miller" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Agence France Presse
Euro-deputies demand probe of East Timor violence STRASBOURG, Jan 14
Members of the European Parliament on Thursday demanded independent enquiries into "recent disappearances of political activists" and violence against demonstrators in East Timor.
In a resolution, the MEPs accused the government and armed forces of Indonesia, which invaded the former Portuguese colony and annexed it in 1975, of "repression against the civilian population."
The resolution called for a United Nations-sponsored investigation to assign responsibility for the violence.
It said the MEPs were concerned by violence in Indonesia, including illegal executions, arbitrary arrests and acts of torture.
The European Parliament, it went on, "holds the political regime in power in Indonesia, including the police and armed forces, responsible for the climate of social, political and religious instability which continues to reign in Indonesia and East Timor."
It called for the "immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners..."