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Subject: LUSA: UN Envoy meets Xanana
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 1998 07:20:22 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Sharon R.A. Scharfe" <>

23 OUT 98 - 11:36 East Timor/Macau: UN envoy meets jailed East Timorese resistance leader Xanana Gusmao

Macau, Oct. 23 (Lusa) - United Nations envoy Tamrat Samuel met jailed East Timorese armed resistance leader Xanana Gusmão in Jakarta earlier this week. Samuel told LUSA in Macau by telephone from Dili on Thursday he had a ''very good meeting'' with Gusmão at the Cipinang prison on the outskirts of Indonesian capital on Monday. The UN official, who is an Asia-Pacific affairs assistant to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, held talks with representatives of the National Timorese Resistance Council in Dili, capital of the occupied territory of East Timor, on Thursday.

Samuel, who declined to reveal details of his talks with Gusmão, described the outcome of the meeting as ''very positive.'' The envoy merely acknowledged that both had exchanged views on talks between Portugal and Indonesia on autonomy proposals for East Timor in New York some two weeks ago. Samuel met earlier this week Roman Catholic Bishop Dom Ximenes Belo and pro-Indonesian Governor Abilio Osorio Soares in Dili, apart from meetings with other pro-Indonesian representatives.-Lusa nnnn

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