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Indonesian President Suharto’s Willingness for Mediation

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Title

Indonesian President Suharto’s Willingness for Mediation

Subject

Timor-Leste.
Timor-Leste -- History -- Autonomy and independence movements.
Soeharto, 1921-2008.

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: 4108F

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Coverage

Timore-Leste.
Indonesia.

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewee

Marker, Jamsheed

Transcription

President Suharto, when I first met him, as I say, he told me about what he’d done for East Timor. And he also said that, “As far as I’m concerned, as far as Indonesia is concerned, the East Timor issue is settled. But I know that as far as the international community is concerned it is not settled, so I’d like you to do what you can about it, and you will have my cooperation,” is the way he put it. It’s important to remember, in all these matters of international dispute, that there has got to be a willingness of both parties to the dispute to accept mediation. If that willingness doesn’t exist, you don’t have to accept what the mediator says, you don’t have to; but if that basic willingness is not there, a process of mediation can’t really begin. That willingness has to be there, either voluntarily or, sometimes, under pressure, but there has to be that willingness. And this willingness was shown even by a hardliner like Suharto. I mean, he was willing to negotiate. Now, there are some disputes, like for example in Kashmir, where there isn’t a willingness. There’s one side says quite clearly that, you know, this has to be settled bilaterally and we don’t want any outside mediation. On the hand, in the case of Northern Ireland, there is a willingness to have a mediator, and Mitchell is there. In the case of Yugoslavia, there was one side that clearly didn’t want to do it, but then with pressure from people like Dick Holbrooke and others, it was—they were pressurized into acceptance. But there has to be that basic acceptance before you can start a mediation process, and this basic acceptance was there on the side of the Indonesians.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

2:26

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “Indonesian President Suharto’s Willingness for Mediation,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed October 17, 2018, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/594.

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