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Jakarta Post

US accounts of 1965 may not be accurate: RI

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Indra Budiari and Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 19, 2017   /  12:16 pm
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On the rise: A communist symbol dominates Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Senayan, in 1965 at a massive Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) rally.(Frank Palmos/File)

The Indonesian government is taking with a grain of salt archival United States government accounts of what happened during the last days of former president Sukarno when the Indonesian Army launched a campaign to purge thousands of members of the now-defunct Indonesian Communist Party (PKI). A trove of US government files containing diplomatic dispatches from its embassy in Jakarta on the 1965-1966 mass killings of the PKI’s cadres and alleged sympathizers were released on Tuesday, providing some new details on what transpired at the time. Jakarta, however, has downplayed the accounts, saying the documents reflected the “US point of view of the incident” that needed to be fact-checked first. “The files contain communications that involved the US Embassy in Indonesia at that time, but we need to check the accuracy of the documents,” Foreign Ministry...