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Jakarta Post

Government will not apologize for 1965 massacre: Luhut


    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 18, 2016   /  04:58 pm
Government will not apologize for 1965 massacre: Luhut Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan holds a press conference during a visit to Batam, Riau Islands, in February. (Kompas) (KOMPAS/-)

The government has stressed that there are no plans for an official apology for the 1965 anti-communist purge, an official said Monday. 

Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan made the statement during his opening remarks at the two-day National Symposium titled "Dissecting the 1965 tragedy" being held in Jakarta April 18-19.

"We are not that stupid. Don't even think that the government will apologize for this and that. We know what we are doing that is best for this nation," Luhut said in his speech at the opening of the two-day symposium, as quoted by 

The government has been through a complicated process, he continued, adding that there have been many meetings for the realization of the national symposium.

The symposium has received various reactions, including accusations that the government was influenced by the now-defunct Indonesian Communist Party (PKI).

Luhut said the government is serious in its intentions to resolve the cases of human rights abuses, especially the case of the 1965 killings.

"The process of getting here has not been easy. We have conducted several meetings regarding the running of the symposium. As in accordance with the desire of the government, the human rights issues must be resolved," said Luhut. (dan)


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