HC Deb 25 November 1999 vol 339 c193W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will apply economic sanctions against Indonesia if its Government does not take immediate and effective steps to disarm the militia whose activities are preventing refugees from returning to East Timor. [99548]

Mr. Battle

We have made it clear to the Indonesian Government that swift action to accelerate the return of displaced East Timorese to their homes is essential for Indonesia to regain its international standing. We continue to urge them in this; our Ambassador in Indonesia pressed the point during his visit from 1-4 November when he met senior local political leaders and pro-integrationists. We understand that the TNI and INTERFET are now co-operating more closely. 92,000 refugees are now reported to have returned to East Timor.

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