[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1998, Book I)]
[May 15, 1998]
[Page 766]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]

[[Page 766]]

Statement on the Situation in Indonesia
May 15, 1998

    I am deeply concerned about the upsurge in violence in Indonesia. I 
intend to discuss my concerns today with my other colleagues.
    The recent deaths in Indonesia are tragic, and I call on the 
Indonesian Government and the security forces to avoid violence and 
exercise maximum restraint.
    I strongly urge the Indonesian Government to initiate quickly a 
dialog on reform with its citizens. Giving the people of Indonesia a 
real voice in the country's political affairs can make a real 
contribution to restoring political order and stability based on human 
rights and the rule of law.
    We are working closely with our friends and allies to help the 
Indonesian people meet their humanitarian needs. I believe that if the 
Government of Indonesia pursues the needed economic and political 
reforms, Indonesia can return to the path of recovery and growth.