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Subject: LUSA: ET may soon be 8th member of CPLP
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 06:55:40 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Sharon R.A. Scharfe" <>

11 AGO 98 - 11:13 East Timor/Portugal: Territory might soon be eighth member of Community Portuguese-speaking Countries

Lisbon, 11 Aug (Lusa) - The executive secretary of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries, Marcolino Moco, said in Lisbon on Monday that East Timor could soon become the community's eighth member state. Moco made the forecast in reaction to Portugal's recent "victory" in talks with Indonesia under the auspices of the United Nations about the political future of the occupied territory. Moco said the talks had shown that Indonesia was now "more flexible" about the issue of East Timor, namely because of its own internal contradictions and the "heroic fight" of the East Timorese people, apart from the "persistance of the Portuguese diplomacy and international pressure on Jakarta". The Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries presently comprises Portugal, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe, Angola, Mozambique and Brazil.


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