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Coalition Senators meet Indonesia's Ambassador over Dili incident



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MEDIA RELEASE

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JOINT MEDIA RELEASE BY THE SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, SENATOR ROBERT HILL, AND SENATOR FOR THE NORTHERN TERRITORY, SENATOR GRANT TAMBLING

Wednesday, November 20 Canberra 105/91

COALITION SENATORS MEET INDONESIA'S AMBASSADOR OVER DILI INCIDENT

The Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Robert Hill, and Northern Territory Senator Grant Tambling yesterday met the Indonesian Ambassador to Australia, Mr Sabam Siagian, to discuss

the deaths of young people in Dili at the hands of the Indonesian armed forces.

The Senators sought the appointment with Mr Siagian as a result of the deep concerns being expressed within the Australian community about last week's shootings in Dili.

Senator Hill and Senator Tambling said these concerns had the potential to sour the important relationship between Australia and Indonesia.

Senator Tambling, who has received representations from

distressed Australians of East Timorese background in Darwin, sought for his constituents a list of names and addresses of those killed or injured in the incident.

Although the Ambassador did not release a list to the Senators, he did indicate that the matter was being pursued by the

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Jakarta.

Senator Hill raised the need for an open inquiry into the

shootings to satisfy the international community that the Indonesian Government genuinely regretted the incident and would comply with internationally accepted standards of human rights.

In response, the Ambassador said Indonesia had set up a high- level inquiry to fully investigate and determine the facts, and recommend appropriate action. Mr Siagian stressed that Indonesia was distressed by the events and wanted the matters

satisfactorily resolved.

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Enquiries: Senator Hill or Mark Batistich on (06) 277 3170, or Senator Tambling on (06) 277 3436

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