The People's Consultative Congress in Djakarta has renewed its attack on President Sukarno of Indonesia within hours of the speech of General Suharto, the Government leader, absolving him of complicity in the abortive 1965 Communist coup.
General Suharto addressing Parliament (SOF IN INDONESIAN): Suharto leaving; interview with Mr. Malik (SOF IN ENGLISH).
INTERVIEWER: "Mr. Minister, what would you like to see the Congress do?"
MR. MALIK: "If you ask me an opinion, of course, to decide quickly -- what the people wanted."
INTERVIEWER: "What do you think the people want? Do you think the people of this country want President Sukarno out of office completely now?"
MR. MALIK: "To dismiss him. That's the demand of the people."
INTERVIEWER: "You have been the most outspoken in this Government, it would seem. As the label lovers would say, you are the 'Hawk' -- you are the one who has said most loudly that the President must be dismissed, that any sane person must realise this. Why is this true? Why must President Sukarno go? He has lost all of his powers, he has transferred them now -- he's just a figurehead President -- why must he go all the way?"
MR MALIK: "Now, let's ask also the same question -- why must he stay?"
GV INT ZOOM TO SV General Suharto walking to table.
(The Consultative Congress is at present meeting in Djakarta to consider Parliament's request. Yesterday, General Suharto made a speech to the Congress similar to his speech to Parliament, urging restraint. However, several representatives to the Congress have continued their attacks on the President.)
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Background: The People's Consultative Congress in Djakarta has renewed its attack on President Sukarno of Indonesia within hours of the speech of General Suharto, the Government leader, absolving him of complicity in the abortive 1965 Communist coup. General Suharto has been urging restraint in condemnation of the President, but other Government leaders, including Mr. Adam Malik, the Foreign Minister, are now calling for his outright dismissal.
General Suharto's address to Congress follows another speech calling for restraint that he made to Parliament last Tuesday. The General, now the official top man in Indonesia, told Parliamentary legislators to be cautious in deciding to dismiss President Sukarto from his remaining titular positions. He warned that such a decision might produce "a conflict within the armed forces."
Parliament has asked Indonesia's policy-making body, the People's Consultative Congress, to consider their resolution calling for the dismissal of President Sukarto and their request for an official enquiry into the part he played in the abortive 1965 Communist coup. The strongest opponents of the President include Mr. Malik, who was interviewed at his official residence in Djakarta...