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Subject: East Timorese to Hold "Reconciliation Dialogue"
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 10:09:23 +0100 (BST)

East Timorese to hold "reconciliation dialogue"

Sat 29 Aug 98 - 06:16 GMT

JAKARTA, Aug 29 (AFP) - Activists in the troubled territory of East Timor plan a "reconciliation dialogue" involving representatives of all factions there to provide input to ongoing peace efforts, a report said Saturday.

The head of the organising committee, Fransisco Kalbuadi, was quoted by the state Antara news agency as saying that the dialogue, to be held in a Catholic seminary in Dare, some 10 kilometres (six miles) from the East Timor capital of Dili, on September 10-11.

"We hope that the Dare seminary will become a witness of history, of a reconciliation of East Timorese leaders for the sake of a just and peaceful solution to the question of East Timor that will be acceptable by all and internationally acceptable," Kalbuadi said.

He expressed hope that all groupings within the population in East Timor would be represented at the talks.

The results of the talks would be conveyed to Jakarta, Lisbon and the UN secretary general by the territory's two Roman catholic bishops -- Nobel laureate Carlos Ximenes Felipe Belo of the Dili diocese and Basillio Nascimento of the Baucau diocese.

One member of the team preparing the dialogue, lawyer Aniceto Guterres Lopes, was also quoted by Antara as saying that both bishops would act as mediators in the dialogue.

"The two East Timorese bishops, will act as mediator in the dialogue but will not orientate or intervene in the dialogue," said Lopes who heads the private East Timorese Foundation of Law, Justice and Human Rights.

Indonesia annexed the former Portuguese colony of East Timor in 1976 but The United Nations and most states still view Lisbon as the official administrator of the territory

The UN secretary general has sponsored talks between Portugual and Indonesia in an effort to seek a peaceful solution to the East Timor problem.

The new Indonesian government of Presidetn B.J. Habibie has offered to grant wide-ranging autonomy for East Timor but many East Timorese have pressed for a referendum for self-determination there.

TAPOL, the Indonesia Human Rights Campaign 111 Northwood Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey CR7 8HW, UK Phone: 0181 771-2904 Fax: 0181 653-0322 email: Campaigning to expose human rights violations in Indonesia, East Timor, West Papua and Aceh

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