News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

CNRT: UN Warned To Back Talk With Action

CNRT: National Council for Timorese Resistance

MEDIA RELEASE

For immediate release: 1230 Australian
EST, Thursday 16 September 1999

CNRT: UN must tell Indonesia: if your military or auxiliaries attack UN forces, they will be engaged and wiped out

STATEMENT BY:

Joao Carrascalao

Head of CNRT in Australia

President of UDT (Timorese Democratic Union)

The United Nations and Australia must publicly call Indonesia's bluff and tell its military leaders bluntly -- if their military or auxiliaries attack or impede Australian and other UN peacekeepers, they will be engaged and wiped out.

We must reject the ridiculous statements by the Indonesian spokesperson, Dewi Anwar, that the militias will be especially antagonistic towards Australian troops.

There are no militias as such, only Kopassus and army-led auxiliary units of thugs plus some unfortunate East Timorese pressed into service at the point of a gun who are simply looking for a way to escape and live in peace.

Let me make it perfectly clear: the vast majority of East Timorese will welcome Australian troops with open arms, tears of joy, and every expression of gratitude. Further, they will trust Australian troops 100% as peacekeepers.

Any resistance to the work of the peacekeepers, Australian or others, will involve the Indonesian military or police and will be on Jakarta's orders.

HURRY! People are starving and the Indonesians plan more massacres

The need now is for speed. Move now, do not give Indonesia a timetable. Get the first troops in; get food, medicine and shelter and particularly protection to the people starving in the mountains.

Adopt the approach suggested by Indonesia's Ambassador Wiryono. He said Australia needed to be more Asian. He is right. We should take a lesson from Jakarta. Confront, invade, massacre, starve, burn, kidnap, steal ... then blandly deny that anything is happening and complain of our pride being hurt.

A measure of the Asian way is that the hated Indonesian army and Kopassus are threatening 60,000-70,000 unarmed, starving, East Timorese refugees in Dare. Those soldiers are murderers. Their leaders in Jakarta are murderers.

They are ready for a last, spiteful massacre. If the peacekeepers do not move in hard and fast on the side of the refugees, they will arrive to bury the dead to the sounds of derisive Indonesian laughter.

Thousands of East Timorese have died in the past few months, more are dying today, because of Australia's "softly, softly" approach in the ridiculous belief it had a special relationship with Indonesia and could influence it. They died for a myth. That special relationship was never more than Australia being a fawning sycophant to a contemptuous, arrogant and murderous military dictatorship.

This time, let's use Indonesia's own "Asian way" to save East Timorese lives.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Joao Carrascalao, CNRT Spokesperson in Australia. Tel: 0418 767 101


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'


The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>


Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland