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Subject: LUSA: Amien Rais says he supports referendum in East Timor
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 1998 09:34:58 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Sharon R.A. Scharfe" <>

19 AGO 98 - 10:36 East Timor/Portugal: One of Indonesia's main opposition leaders says he supports referendum in the occupied territory

Oporto, 19 Aug (Lusa) - Amien Rais, one of the Indonesia's main opposition leaders, has told a radio station in Portugal that he supports a referendum on self-determination in East Timor. Speaking in a exclusive interview with the private Roman-Catholic radio station 'Radio Renascenca' in northern Portugal's city of Oporto, Rais said a referendum was a ''wish'' of the people of East Timor, adding the aspirations of the East Timorese population should be respected. The interview was broadcast on Tuesday. Rais also said that the various political forces of East Timor should discuss technical aspects of the process before holding a referendum. The leader of one of Indonesia's main opposition forces representing Muslim interests also demanded the immediate release of Xanana Gusmao, East Timor's jailed armed resistance leader. He also said he was prepared to talk to the Portuguese government about the situation in East Timor.-Lusa nnnn

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