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Subject: LUSA: Portugal will not renounce East Timor's right of self-determination
Date: Wed, 5 Aug 1998 07:47:39 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Sharon R.A. Scharfe" <>

05 AGO 98 - 11:39 East Timor/UN: Portugal will not renounce East Timor's right of self-determination

New York, 05 Aug (Lusa) -
Portugal is not prepared to renounce East Timor's right of self-determination, Portuguese Foreign Minister Jaime Gama said in New York before the present 10th round of talks with his Indonesian counterpart Ali Alatas under the auspices of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Gama made the statement after a dinner hosted by Annan in an honour of the foreign ministers of Portugal and Indonesia on Monday. However, Gama said that while never relinquishing East Timor's right of self-determination Lisbon would be prepared to accept that the occupied territory's process of self-determination be carried out "step by step".

Gama also said he hoped Alatas would have "new proposals" about a possible solution to the East Timor problem. The Portuguese foreign minister also stressed that both the United States and the European Union were in favour of an internationally supervised referendum in East Timor on the right of self-determination. Lusa/Fim

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