EU arms embargo against Indonesia unlikely to be renewed

A European Union arms embargo against Indonesia introduced last September in reaction to violence in East Timor, expires next Monday and is not expected to be renewed.

The A-F-P newsagency quotes an unnamed E-U source as saying the embargo will probably expire normally, adding that it would require a fresh decision by all 15 E-U member states to renew sanctions.

E-U foreign ministers hold their next meeting on January 24th and 25th in Brussels.

A spokesman at the European Commission, the E-U's executive branch, says any renewal of the embargo would have to consider the new situation in East Timor, which is now under United Nations administration.

However, Sweden's Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, has called for the embargo to be extended, saying Indonesia is not sufficiently stable to warrant delivery of arms and other materiel.

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