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GOVERNMENT COVER-UP INTO INDONESIAN ATROCITIES IN EAST TIMOR MUST BE DEBATED

Bath’s MP, Don Foster, has today called for an urgent debate on the British Government’s complicity in the cover-up of Indonesian atrocities in East Timor from 1975 and the deaths there of two British and three Australasian journalists.

Main ImageSpeaking during Business Questions in the House of Commons today, Don Foster said,

“Two days ago, the National Security Archive published analysis of recently released documents which show that the then British Government misled the House and the country about Indonesian atrocities in East Timor in 1975 and suppressed information about the killing of Australian and British journalists.

As an example, Don Foster quoted the cable to London, sent on Christmas Eve 1975 by the British ambassador to Indonesia, Sir John Ford, saying that,

“[Indonesian soldiers had gone]on a rampage of looting and killing in East Timor's capital, Dili.”

The cable concluded,

"if asked to comment on any stories of atrocities, I suggest we say that we have no information".

Calling for the urgent debate into complicity in a cover-up, Don Foster also said that it would “provide an opportunity to press the current British government to release further papers which would help in the belated inquest (to be held in Sydney early next year) of one of the murdered British newsmen, Brian Peters.”

Responding for the government, Deputy Leader of the House Brian Griffiths MP admitted that, “I, too, was disturbed by those reports.” He couldn’t promise a debate in government time but hoped that other opportunities would lead to a debate on the issue.

ENDS

This article published: 06/12/2023

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