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Sorry, I changed the tittle because... I don't have enough material to focus on PNG. Thus, I will be focusing more on Timor Leste and ASEAN. ^^;

Dear Timor Leste,

7th December 1975, we remember your family members who died 36 years ago at the hands of the Indonesia military troops. On behalf of Indonesian people, I deeply apologize for the tragedy. The Indonesian government should admit its crime by not only submitting to the court’s ruling but also by apologizing to the family members of those who lost their lives in the massacre. The confession is really important to help both parties to sincerely forgive what had happened and move forward.


Why, they ask, are the Indonesians invading us?
Why, they ask, if the Indonesians believe that Fretilin is communist, do they not send a delegation to Dili to find out?
Why, they ask, are the Australians not helping us? When the Japanese invaded, they did help us.
Why, they ask, are the Portuguese not helping us? We’re still a Portuguese colony.
Who, they ask, will pay for the terrible damage to our homes?

“We will continue to work hard to help realize Timor Leste’s vision to be a member of ASEAN,”
(Indonesia Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa told his Timor Leste counterpart José Luis Guterres on Tuesday that Indonesia would continue with its support for Timor Leste’s bid to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) despite Indonesia no longer holding the chair of the 10-nation group.) Source :[link]


The Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (Portuguese: Frente Revolucionária de Timor-Leste Independente or FReTiLIn) is a leftist political party in East Timor. Source:[link]

=> East Timorese casualties

In March 1976, UDT leader Lopes da Cruz reported that 60,000 Timorese had been killed during the invasion.[52] A delegation of Indonesian relief workers agreed with this statistic.[53] In an interview on 5 April 1977 with the Sydney Morning Herald, Indonesian Foreign Minister Adam Malik said the number of dead was "50,000 people or perhaps 80,000".[33] A figure of 100,000 is cited by McDonald (1980) and by Taylor. Amnesty International estimated that one third of East Timor's population, or 200,000 in total, died from military action, starvation and disease from 1975 to 1999. In 1979 the U.S. Agency for International Development estimated that 300,000 East Timorese had been moved into camps controlled by Indonesian armed forces.[54]

=> US approved 1975 Indonesian invasion of East Timor

Document 1, dated July 5 1975, is the record of a discussion between Ford and Suharto held at Camp David in the United States. The two leaders met just two months after the final US defeat in Vietnam, discussing their joint interests in suppressing political and ideological ferment in South East Asia. Suharto sought increased US military and intelligence assistance. He also bluntly declared that there was no alternative to incorporating East Timor, and labelled the Timorese political groups calling for independence as “Communist-influenced”.
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=> US Policy of Silence and Military Assistance for The Invasion

A year earlier, in December 1974, United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger had been asked by an Indonesian government representative whether or not the US would approve the invasion.[62] In March 1975, U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia David Newsom, recommended a "policy of silence" on the issue and was supported by Kissinger.[63] On 8 October 1975, a member of the United States National Security Council, Philip Habib, told meeting participants that "It looks like the Indonesians have begun the attack on Timor." Kissinger's response to Habib was, "I'm assuming you're really going to keep your mouth shut on this subject."[64]

The US also played a crucial role in supplying weapons to Indonesia.[65] A week after the invasion of East Timor the National Security Council prepared a detailed analysis of the Indonesian military units involved and the U.S. equipment they used. The analysis revealed that virtually all of the military equipment used in the invasion was U.S. supplied: U.S.-supplied destroyer escorts shelled East Timor as the attack unfolded; Indonesian marines disembarked from U.S.-supplied landing craft; U.S.-supplied C-47 and C-130 aircraft dropped Indonesian paratroops and strafed Dili with .50 caliber machine guns; while the 17th and 18th Airborne brigades which led the assault on the Timorese capital were "totally U.S. MAP supported," and their jump masters U.S. trained.[68] While the US government claimed to have suspended military assistance from December 1975 to June 1976, military aid was actually above what the US Department of State proposed and the US Congress continued to increase it, nearly doubling it.[67] The US also made four new offers of arms, including supplies and parts for 16 OV-10 Broncos,[67] which, according to Cornell University Professor Benedict Anderson, are "specially designed for counter-insurgency actions against adversaries without effective anti-aircraft weapons and wholly useless for defending Indonesia against a foreign enemy." The policy continued under the Carter administration. In total, the United States furnished over $250,000,000 of military assistance to Indonesia between 1975 and 1979.[69]

Testifying before the US Congress, the Deputy Legal Advisor of the US State Department, George Aldrich said the Indonesians "were armed roughly 90 percent with our equipment. ... we really did not know very much. Maybe we did not want to know very much but I gather that for a time we did not know." Indonesia was never informed of the supposed US "aid suspension". David T. Kenney, Country Officer for Indonesia in the US State Department, also testified before Congress that one purpose for the arms was "to keep that area [Timor] peaceful."[70]

The UN's Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in East Timor (CAVR) stated in the "Responsibility" chapter of its final report that U.S. "political and military support were fundamental to the Indonesian invasion and occupation" of East Timor between 1975 and 1999. The report (p. 92) also stated that "U.S. supplied weaponry was crucial to Indonesia's capacity to intensify military operations from 1977 in its massive campaigns to destroy the Resistance in which aircraft supplied by the United States played a crucial role."[71][72]

=> Australia let Indonesia invade East Timor in 1975

Australia knew in advance of the 1975 Indonesian invasion of East Timor and stood by for three days while Jakarta's troops prepared for the attack, secret documents released yesterday by the government revealed. Memos, cables and letters sent and received by Australia's foreign department between 1974 and 1976 confirmed that Australia gave tacit approval to Jakarta to annex the former Portuguese colony.

Australia was the only western nation to recognise Indonesia's rule over East Timor.
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Timor Leste OC design by :iconbentez:
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Indonesia aph and Malaysia aph based on Himaruya's sketch. ([link])
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cha-ron-tine Featured By Owner Edited Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this is old but tbh you could at least point out the fact that the USA populace were likely kept as much in the dark/conflicted as Indonesia's regarding the actions of their respective governments (PKI anyone?), to prevent them from lashing out at their leaders.

The way you portrayed it here makes it seem like Indonesia's army/dictatorship government didn't spend 25 years excessively killing and torturing people without remorse while keeping the general populace from figuring it out with nationalist propaganda (and afterwards apologized -- I think -- which is good, but they subsequently covered their own ass with censorship even after Suharto's downfall) but was instead completely forced into it by the US and hated every minute of it.

If you're opting for the government-only portrayal here then the Indonesia seen in the flashback should at the very least be characterized accordingly as its government at the time: controlling and ignorant of human rights. (In fact the Wikipedia article almost made it seem like Indonesia's government also made use of communist fears to gain support from western powers?)
Erwici-Cius Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student
KALFRED, kamu dimana? sini.....parang ku mau ketemuan ama ente nih!! >8DDDD
ileanawhiteshade912 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Alfred can go die in a hole.
xXNadira-aruXx Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
sugarhigh123 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
chocopochi Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A single pride of a nation can kill the whole world. This is madness. Human beings never learn once they start it all over again... :/
Kiniro-chan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I cannot agree more...
reiler12 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
I kill you american.
lignamus10 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
I swear Americans are idiots, Im half pinoy/mexican but was born and raised in the Americas and I do love the people and the idea of equality among the differences but for the love of god it's like no one here knows how to run politics. I mean seriously, if you take a look at our history we use "justice" to fight many unjust causes and every one is to stupid to see that the only reason they call it justice is so that the people who don't look at the entire situation and think for themselves believe they're doing the right thing. *sigh* I wish more people here knew how to think a little.
Kuro21BlackHawk Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
In a way, America is cruel after all...
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