AUSTRALIA is "absolutely responsible" for the East Timor crisis because it pushed so hard for independence but withdrew before the country was stable, a member of Indonesia's parliamentary committee on foreign affairs has declared.
Breaking with Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda's line that East Timor's problems were its own affair, Amris Hasan said Australia's intentions in the former Indonesian province were "never innocent" and that Canberra was paying for its regional ambition.
"Indonesia has no responsibility for this mess, but Australia does. East Timor really shouldn't be independent at all - they were not ready for it - but one of the reasons they are is because Australia pushed for that."
From The Australian