Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, has consistently spoken out against the actions of the Indonesian military in East Timor.
At a press conference today, she reaffirmed her position: "There is mounting evidence that the violence in East Timor is being carried out by renegade Indonesian military forces, including Indonesia's Special Forces. In the East Timor crisis, we are seeing the bitter harvest of our support for the leadership of the Special Forces, many of whom were trained by the United States and European nations."
Pelosi also noted, "East Timorese are being killed or forced out of their country at an alarming rate. If the world does not act immediately, more people will die in the near future than were killed in Bosnia. I believe the United States should support intervention in East Timor by an international force."
The San Francisco Representative is a co-sponsor of legislation that would require the opposition of the United States to International Monetary Fund and World Bank loans to Indonesia until the violence resulting from the referendum on the independence of East Timor has been ended.
Other legislation that she co-sponsors would declare that the United States will no longer accept, condone, finance, or supply the Indonesian occupiers of East Timor or their proxies, the paramilitary civilian militia units. This measure urges the Secretaries of State and Defense to be active and visible in urging Indonesia and its military to permit an international investigation of the Liquica massacre and bring to justice those responsible for gross violations of human rights.
Congresswoman Pelosi also supports a House Resolution that calls upon the Indonesian government and all other parties to the current unrest to terminate immediately the paramilitary's campaign of violence and terror and to comply with the overwhelming results of the August 30, 1999, popular consultation.
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