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Greens call for cessation of hostilities in Aceh.



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Michael Organ MP

Greens Member for Cunningham

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GREENS CALL FOR CESSATION OF HOSTILITIES IN ACEH

Cunningham MP Michael Organ is calling on the Australian government to pressure the Indonesian Government to resume dialogue in pursuit of a political solution to the current problems in Aceh.

“In light of the military situation in Aceh, and the reports of murder, torture, rape and human rights abuses, there is increasing concern in the community that we are witnessing another humanitarian crisis similar to that in East Timor in the making”, Mr. Organ said in Parliament today.

“The Greens are calling on the government to urge the Indonesian government to revoke the imposition of martial law in Aceh, and pull the troops back to defensive positions.”

“In view of the reported human rights abuses it is vital that the Indonesian government guarantees that international norms and conventions on the protection of civilians in war are strictly adhered to.”

“The government should urge Indonesian authorities to allow third party mediation, preferably by a UN special envoy, to help find a political solution to the problem in Aceh”, Mr. Organ said.

“In addition, Australia should offer a temporary safe haven to Acehnese people who have already been displaced, and whose lives are under immediate threat, by the military actions”.

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