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The Indonesian Occupation of East Timor

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Title

The Indonesian Occupation of East Timor

Subject

Timor-Leste.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Jamsheed Marker, United Nations Special Envoy to East Timor. This video was originally produced by Media Entertainment, Inc., for the 2000 documentary The Genocide Factor.

Creator

Media Entertainment, Inc.

Source

Genocide Factor Collection, Oral History Program, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Publisher

Tampa, Fla. : University of South Florida Tampa Library.

Date

1999-11-16

Contributor

Marker, Jamsheed

Relation

G36-00048
Tape number: 4108B

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Coverage

Timor-Leste.
Indonesia.

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewee

Marker, Jamsheed

Transcription

So there was no -- there was no official recognition, either by the United Nations or by the number -- by the rest of the international community, for that matter. Australia at one stage later on negotiated an agreement on the offshore oil deposits, which implied recognition of Indonesian sovereignty over East Timor. So there was this -- at that point in time, the Australians were the nearest who came to a formal recognition of the Indonesian occupation of East Timor. But other than that, this remained -- and the Indonesians in Jakarta, on their side, invested a lot of money in East Timor. The country is terribly, terribly poor and underdeveloped.

Suharto said that he -- that "After 300 years of occupation, the Portuguese left me one doctor and fourteen kilometers of paved road. And since then we've spent so much money, we've developed the whole of the province and made it better."

And I said to him, "Yes, you have done, there's no doubt about that. But Mr. President, you have not won the hearts and minds of the people there with all your investment, and that's something that you need to do." So we -- I mean, that's where it ended at that particular point in time. But to go back a bit, this was the background under which East Timor -- the struggle in East Timor began.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

2:19

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “The Indonesian Occupation of East Timor,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed December 12, 2017, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/355.

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