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USIS Washington File

27 April 2000

Text: State Department April 26 on Violence in Indonesia's Aceh

(U.S. "deeply concerned" about violence, urges restraint) (290)
The United States is deeply concerned about continuing violence in the
Indonesian province of Aceh, the State Department said in an April 26
statement.
"The United States believes this conflict must be resolved on the
basis of justice, security, greater self-government, and economic
development for the province, within the framework of a united
Indonesia," the State Department said. "The United States rejects the
use of violence and urges restraint by all parties in Aceh."
Following is the text of the statement:
(begin text)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
For Immediate Release
April 26, 2000
STATEMENT BY JAMES P. RUBIN, SPOKESMAN
INDONESIA - CONTINUING VIOLENCE IN ACEH
The United States is deeply concerned about continuing violence in the
Indonesian province of Aceh. The United States believes this conflict
must be resolved on the basis of justice, security, greater
self-government, and economic development for the province, within the
framework of a united Indonesia.
The United States rejects the use of violence and urges restraint by
all parties in Aceh. The U.S. is particularly concerned about violent
actions against civilian workers and facilities, including those of
U.S. companies. Continued violence against private companies and
civilian targets will discredit those behind the attacks and harm the
Acehnese people. In particular, the U.S. urges the Free Aceh Movement,
in the interest of the Acehnese people, to renounce violence and enter
into a dialogue aimed at achieving a just and durable outcome within
the context of a united, democratic Indonesia.
(end text)
(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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