475 Cablegram to Canberra

Canberra, 30 June 1976


East Timor

The press this morning reported that President Soeharto approved the integration of East Timor with Indonesia at a Cabinet meeting yesterday.

  1. Soeharto reportedly concluded that:
    1. The Government of Indonesia respond positively to and approve the East Timorese petition for integration,
    2. Integration will be arranged through constitutional procedures,
    3. The Government of Indonesia will submit a draft bill on integration to the House of Representatives (DPR). The bill will be passed into a law legalising integration, and
    4. All Indonesian government agencies are instructed to help development in East Timor.
  2. Information Minister Mashuri is quoted as saying he hoped the process of finalising integration would not repeat not take long.
  3. e understand the President is to discuss the integration bill with DPR leaders today.1

[NAA: Al838, 801/13/10/1, v]