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Monday, 6 December 1999
Page: 12787

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

This petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House that the people of East Timor have overwhelmingly voted to become an independent and sovereign nation and the Indonesian Government has failed to fulfil its responsibility to maintain security in East Timor during the period of transmission to independence.

We therefore petition the House to require the Government and all responsible Ministers to:

(a) Withdraw Australia's original de jure recognition of Indonesia's annexation of East Timor;

(b) Suspend Australia's remaining military ties with Indonesia;

(c) Support calls for international institutions to suspend all financial assistance to Indonesia;

(d) Advise the Indonesian Government to direct forthwith the Indonesian Army to disarm the pro-Jakarta militia in East Timor; and

(e) Advise the Indonesian Government to authorise forthwith the UN to dispatch a peacekeeping force to East Timor.

(f) Support the UN establishing a War Crimes Tribunal to deal with those responsible for the genocide in East Timor.

by Mr Danby(from 66 citizens)