Foto diambil dari biografi “Soeharto, Pikiran, Ucapan dan Tindakan Saya”.
Inilah saat pertama Soeharto menuding keterlibatan organisasi mantel PKI dalam gerakan Letkol Untung walaupun belum ada pengusutan dan penyelidikan mengenai peristiwa itu.
Pernyataan yang disebarkan media massa yang dikuasai Angkatan Darat ini menjadi patokan bagi cerita, berita dan kabar yang berkembang selanjutnya mengenai pembantaian yang terjadi dinihari 1 Oktober itu.
Pernyataan di bawah diterjemahkan ke dalam bahasa Inggris oleh Jurnal Indonesia yang diterbitkan Cornell University dari berita yang dimuat koran Berita Yudha edisi 5 Oktober juga siaran RRI sore hari tanggal 4 Oktober.
Berikut pernyataan Soeharto.
Today, October 4, 1965, we witnessed together, with our own eyes, the recovery of the bodies of our generals — six generals — and one junior officer from an old well. As you already know, our generals and our junior officers have fallen victims to the uncivilized actions of the adventurers of the so-called “September 30th Movement.”
If we survey the place, it is in Lubang Buaja. Lubang Buaja is within the area of the Halim Air Base. Here you will also see that the area near the well has been used as a training center for volunteers under the auspices of the Air Force. The volunteers consisted of members of the Communist Youth Group [Pemuda Rakjat] and of the Communist Women’s Organization [Gerwani].
In a word, it is possible that they were undergoing training in the framework of the defense of the airbase. But with the capture in Tjirebon of a member of Gerwani who had been trained here and who hails from Central Java, it is clear that they come from far away. Thus, based on these facts, it is possible that there is truth in the statement by our beloved President Bung Karno that the Air Force is not involved in the affair. But it is impossible that there is no involvement in this affair of elements of the Air Force.
For this reason, as a member of the Army, I would like to express the sentiment of patriots who are members of the Army: If it is true that there are elements who are involved in the cruel killing of our innocent generals, I hope that Air Force patriots will purge such elements who are involved in this adventure.
I am very grateful that finally God gives clear guidance to us, that any dishonest action, that any bad action certainly will be suppressed. And I am grateful to units, particularly those from the paratroop regiment [RPKAD] and the marines [KKO] and other units, and the people who have assisted in the discovery of the well and the recovery of the bodies, so that the number of the victims could be determined.
That is all.