February 10, 2000 |
After denying responsibility for the devastation of East Timor, Indonesia's security minister said Wednesday that he will not address demands for his resignation until he explains his stance to President Abdurrahman Wahid upon Wahid's return Sunday from a European and Asian tour. Gen. Wiranto, who uses one name, told the Cabinet that people should "wait for a fair legal process" before he chooses to "resign or not resign."
September 12, 1999 |
Indonesia's armed forces chief, Gen. Wiranto, conceded for the first time Saturday that he might not have full control of his soldiers in East Timor, and he hinted that he might soon accept the help of international peacekeeping troops to restore order here.
January 27, 2000 |
The Indonesian military has agreed to retire generals who hold Cabinet posts, including controversial Gen. Wiranto, a senior military official said. The agreement comes amid criticism of the armed forces and efforts to reduce its influence. A senior military source earlier said President Abdurrahman Wahid had signed a decree retiring Wiranto from the military, a move that could cut off his power base.
May 11, 2004 |
A U.N.-backed tribunal issued an arrest warrant against Indonesia's former military chief and current presidential candidate Gen. Wiranto on charges of human rights abuses during East Timor's bloody break with Jakarta in 1999, during which about 1,500 people were killed. Wiranto's campaign team said it was unconcerned by the warrant. Indonesian authorities have said they will not cooperate with the court in Dili. Wiranto headed Indonesia's army in 1999 when East Timor voted for independence.
February 12, 2000 |
Indonesian Security Minister Gen. Wiranto, accused of allowing pro-Indonesian militias to devastate East Timor, will resign next week, President Abdurrahman Wahid said today. Wahid, who is in Bangkok, Thailand, for a U.N. trade meeting, said that he would meet with Wiranto after he returns to Indonesia tonight and that he expects the general to resign within two days. Wahid first called for Wiranto's resignation Jan.
February 14, 2000 |
In a surprise reversal, President Abdurrahman Wahid on Sunday suspended his powerful security minister, Gen. Wiranto, from the Cabinet over his alleged role in last year's bloodshed in East Timor. Upon his return home after a 16-day foreign tour, Wahid met with Wiranto and said the minister would remain in the government while the attorney general's office conducts an inquiry into the violence that followed East Timor's vote for independence Aug. 30.