Australia`s Keating : "I told Soeharto to go"
"You can imagine, there's not many other people in history who have actually lined up to someone like Suharto and told him to resign," Keating was quoted as saying by DPA Friday in an excerpt from a documentary that the SBS television network will air next month.
"It turned out that person was me."
Suharto, 86, who ruled Indonesia for 32 years before handing over power in May 1998, is close to death in a Jakarta hospital.
Keating, prime minister from 1991 to 1996, flew to Jakarta in January 1998 to plead with Suharto to stand aside.
Their meeting came just hours before a famous ceremony at which Suharto signed an economic rescue package in the presence of then International Monetary Fund managing director Michel Camdessus.
The haughty Frenchman stood over ..
Ramos-Horta asks East Timorese to forgive Soeharto
East Timor's president Jose Ramos-Horta called on his people Thursday
to forgive Indonesia's ailing ex-dictator Soeharto, who ordered the
1975 invasion of the half-island.
News Focus: Former critics show sympathy for ailing Soeharto
Former President Soeharto`s hospitalization since early January has
elicited the sympathy of many Indonesians of all walks of life,
including people who used to be very critical of his leadership.
President has no right to pardon Soeharto: cabinet secretary
Cabinet Secretary Sudi Silalahi said President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
had no right to grant pardon or clemency to former president Soeharto
as the legal process against the latter had not yet resulted in a court