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Subject: ET embassy to open in Canada - release
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 1998 17:47:35 -0400
From: (Kerry Pither) Organization: The Jungle BBS - not in Kansas any more

East Timor Alert Network/Ottawa — Canada News release

July 13, 1998

Activists to open Embassy of East Timor in Ottawa

OTTAWA — An "Embassy of East Timor" will be opened at the foot of the Human Rights Monument in downtown Ottawa at 1:30 pm Thursday, July 16. Former Ottawa Mayor Marion Dewar will swear-in exiled Timorese activist Bella Galhos as the "Acting Ambassador to Canada" at the flag-raising and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

East Timor's supporters worldwide are celebrating last week's victory — on July 10, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed Resolution 237 urging the Clinton administration to "work actively, through the United Nations and with United States allies, to carry out the directives of existing United Nations resolutions on East Timor and to support an internationally supervised referendum on self-determination."

"That resolution brings my people one step closer to freedom, and me one step closer to going home to my family" said Galhos. "I hope we can encourage the Canadian government to give East Timor the same support."

For now, the East Timorese embassy is being housed in a 30 by 15 foot tent, one of many tents which will be pitched at the foot of the human rights monument (Elgin and Lisgar) from July 16 until the 19 as part of the "East Timor Freedom Camp."

Campers will be keeping vigil in support of peaceful protests planned to lead up to "Integration Day" in East Timor — July 17 will be the 22nd anniversary of the day Indonesia illegally annexed the territory. Unconfirmed reports say the Indonesian military has issued "shoot on sight" orders to discourage protesters.

The Embassy of East Timor opening ceremonies will take place at 1:30pm, Thursday, July 16, at the Human Rights Monument at the corner of Elgin and Lisgar Streets.


For more information please call Kerry Pither at cell: (613) 795-1586, e-mail:, or see the ETAN/Canada web page at:

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