Subject: AFP: Indonesia makes top spook first ambassador to East Timor

Saturday, September 13, 2003. 0:12am (AEST)

Indonesia makes top spook first ambassador to East Timor

Indonesia's President Megawati Sukarnoputri has nominated a senior intelligence service member as the country's first ambassador to East Timor.

Ahmad Bey Sofwan is a deputy head of the National Intelligence Agency but his appointment must be endorsed by parliament.

Indonesia has had a diplomatic mission in East Timor since independence in May 2002.

Human rights groups say the appointment of a member of the intelligence service is inappropriate for the post, given the history of Indonesia and East Timor.

-- AFP


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