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ID:

457

Date:

2001-12-06

Headline:

East Timor Revisited: Ford, Kissinger and the Indonesian Invasion, 1975-76

Reporter's name:

William Burr and Michael L. Evans

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

National Security Archive

City:

Washington, DC

Summary:

The National Security Archive used FOIA to obtain documents showing communication between American political leaders and then-President Suharto of Indonesia in December 1975, in which then-President Gerald Ford and then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger informed the Indonesian strongman that there would be no U.S. objection if his forces were to seize the neighboring region of East Timor. Within a day, just such an invasion occurred -- instigating an occupation that lasted over twenty years, put over half the East Timorese population into military-run camps within five years, and led to over 100,000 civilian deaths.

Notes:

The National Security Archive also obtained two newly-declassified documents from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library. The documents, which had previously been released with substantial redactions, were released in full after the end of Suharto's reign and the end of Indonesian control over East Timor.

Keywords:

Indonesia, Suharto, invasion, Ford, Gerald Ford, Kissinger, Henry Kissinger, East Timor

URL:

http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB62/index.html


Agencies:

STATE

States:

DC

Categories:

foreign affairs


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