Below this picture, we would have liked to print the request recently made to Norwegian trade and industry, by the representative of the Norwegian Trade Council in Jakarta, Mr. H. H. Mufti, regarding economic intercourse with the Suharto family:
- Cease all ties immediately! Either sell off that part of your business, or leave it and return on a new ship.
Probably a Norwegian servant must have a name that exotic to speak this frankly. Usually the message is clouded through several bundles of clean, Norwegian wool.
Lastly, we would have asked the question: What does it take to make Norwegian authorities warn against investments tied to shady regimes and their dictators?
The answer is self-evident: The warnings will come when the investments are threatened.
Norwatch Newsletter 12/98