DAP calls on ASEAN Foreign Ministers to convene an  emergency meeting to send an ASEAN mission to East Timor to facilitate the implemention of the independence referendum and stop new carnage and genocide

Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang 

(Petaling Jaya, Monday): The United Nations Security Council has ordered an emergency diplomatic team to Jakarta in a bid to quell the violence that has wracked  East Timor in the wake of a ballot on independence.

Indonesia’s international reputation is again at stake  in its failure and inaction to stop the rampaging pro-Jakarta militias that have forced tens of thousands to flee and the evacuation of up to 150 United Nations personnel from East Timor.
A new tragedy is in the making in East Timor, especially as the pleas of the United Nations and the  United Nations Mission in East Timor (UNAMET) for Indonesia to improve security in East Timor fell on deaf ears.

Pro-independence sources said at least 100 East Timorese were killed in two days of bloody unrest since Saturday's announcement that a  U.N.-organized ballot on August 30 had recorded a 78.5 percent vote in favor of the territory's independence from Indonesia.

Timorese resistance leaders living abroad warned that Indonesia was preparing an "ethnic cleansing" of East Timor after the landslide vote for independence, claiming that they have evidence  Indonesia was massing between 30,000 to 40,000 troops along the border of East Timor, in preparation for an  "invasion" and "a plan of  genocide and social disintegration to literally kill the independence movement".

ASEAN and the international community cannot stand idly by at the prospect of an "ethnic cleansing" in East Timor, and DAP calls on ASEAN Foreign Ministers to convene  an emergency meeting to send an ASEAN Mission to  East Timur to facilitate the implementation of the independence referendum and end a new carnage and genocide.

ASEAN will lose all moral authority in the international arena if it allows a "Bosnia-Herzegovina" of ethnic cleansing and genocide to take place within its region.


*Lim Kit Siang - Malaysian Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Democratic Action Party Secretary-General & Member of Parliament for Tanjong