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Indonesia not 'concerned' to US proposal to stop aid

Lusa - March 19, 1997

Jakarta – The Indonesian Army is not "concern" with the US proposal to stop aid to the country because of its human rights violations, military sources in the Indonesian capital Jakarta have said.

The spokesman for the Indonesian Army, colonel Sutan Iskanda, said on Tuesday that "we (Army) are not perturbed or affected by the proposal by the US congressman Patrick Kennedy to withdraw from the US budget this year the aid to Indonesia".

The US has allocated in the budget this year US$4.5 million in aid to Indonesia, with US$100,000 expected to be aimed at military training.

Kennedy made the proposal after visiting East Timor in 1996.

Indonesia invaded East Timor in 1975 and annexed it one year later but the United Nations still regards Portugal as the territory's administering power.

Indonesia has been accused by international watchdogs for commiting extensive human rights violations in East Timor.