Our good neighbours

As the Indonesian armed forces (TNI) start to withdraw from Aceh after the recent supposed peace deal, questions remain as to the new destination for the TNI. Could it be West Papua, asks blogger Jakartass? The Australian Democrats have released a statement warning about the possibility of massacres and the likelihood of TNI forces causing racial and national tensions. Senator Natasha Stott Despoja says:

“The Australian Government must call upon Indonesia to immediately withdraw additional troops from West Papua. During a situation like this, the allegations regarding a pro-Jakarta lobby within the Australian Intelligence services and concern over intelligence warnings prior to the East Timor massacre are deeply disturbing. We must not allow another East Timor to develop on our doorstep. We have the advance warning, there will be no excuse if this is allowed to happen.”

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