Sunday, September 12, 1999 Published at 15:47 GMT 16:47 UK
Habibie statement: Full text
Full text of the speech in English by Indonesian President BJ Habibie accepting international peacekeeping troops for East Timor, 12 September 1999:
The information that I received from him and others has given me sufficient reason to discuss the matter immediately with members of my cabinet.
A couple of minutes ago I called the UN Secretary-General to inform him about our readiness to accept international peacekeeping forces through the UN from friendly nations to restore peace and security in East Timor, to protect the people and to implement the result of the direct ballot of 30 August.
Armed forces tried to 'stabilise' situation
Since I took over, I have been determined to strengthen democracy in Indonesia, the rule of law, to stabilise our economy and to guarantee human rights.
The Indonesian defence forces try to stabilise the situation in East Timor since the declaration of martial law on the seventh of September.
At the same time, they had to recognise there are limits to what more they could achieve. They have done their utmost in a very complex and complicated situation, under very difficult psychological constraints without neglecting their responsibilities for peace and security in other parts of the Republic of Indonesia.
I have asked Foreign Minister Ali Alatas to travel to New York immediately to explain to the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and to the UN Security council, our position and to prepare the details of its implementation.
Thank you for your attention.