Did the Foreign Minister really mean to
describe East Timor as “Indonesia’s sovereign territory” on Sunday – or was it just a trip down memory lane to the days when unrest there was
someone else’s problem:

LAURIE OAKES: Given that this is a clearly a war
crime, why do we need permission? If our police are in there, we’re controlling
the country with our military, why don’t we just deal with the crime?

well, it is the law. I mean this is Indonesia’s sovereign territory, I mean it is how things
are investigated and the law and order system is ultimately a matter for them.
Even though of course it is substantially broken down, nevertheless the East
Timorese government will have to take the lead on that.