23 Nov 2005

Anger after the US agrees to resume funding for the Indonesian military

4:05 pm on 23 November 2005

The East Timor and Indonesia Action Network, or ETAN, strongly condemned the State Department's waiver of newly legislated restrictions on U.S. military assistance to Indonesia.

The United States announced today it will again provide military aid for Indonesia.

The State Department says Washington will give assistance for specific military programmes and units that will help modernise the Indonesian military.

ETAN has condemned the move.

It says that U.S. support for an unreformed military, which remains above the law, is not in the interest of the United States or Indonesia.

ETAN says, just two weeks ago, Congress sent a clear message to Indonesia that it expected real military reform and better protecton of human rights.

It says the US statement that it remains committed to pressing for accountability for past human rights violations in Indonesia could not ring more hollow.