Subject: XN: Horta, Wirajuda to meet on truth commish

Indonesia, East Timor to establish commission of friendship

February 4, 2005 5:04am

JAKARTA, Feb 4, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda will host a meeting with his East Timor counterpart Ramos Horta to have talks on the planned establishment of the commission for truth and friendship, a foreign spokesman said Friday.

The commission has been agreed by both countries as a settlement of dispute over alleged human rights abuses by Indonesian officers in East Timor in 1999, Foreign Affairs Ministry's spokesman Yuri Thamrin told a weekly press conference here.

He said the meeting will be held on the resort island of Bali on Feb. 7-8.

The meeting is aimed at achieving an agreement on the terms of references for the establishment of the commission, he said.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his East Timor counterpart Xanana Gusmao have shared commitment to bilaterally settling the dispute through the establishment of the commission when they met in Bali on Dec. 14, 2004.

Indonesia has been under international pressures over massacre in East Timor before, during and after the former Indonesian province voted for independence in late 1999.

A government-sponsored human rights tribunal in Jakarta has convicted only two civilians and acquitted most of the accused officers of rights abuses, which prompted the United Nations to propose the Commission of Experts that will launch further investigation.

Both governments in Indonesia and East Timor apparently rejected the UN proposal.


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