Subject: LUSA: Belo calls for setting-up United Front
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 1998 08:31:47 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Sharon R.A. Scharfe" <pet@web.net>

14 SET 98 - 11:30 East Timor: Bishop Dom Ximenes Belo calls for setting-up United Front

Jakarta, Sept. 14 (Lusa) - East Timor's Nobel Peace Prize co-laureate, Roman-Catholic Bishop Dom Ximenes Belo, has called for the setting-up of a "united front" representing all the people of the occupied territory. The bishop reportedly made the appeal during a closed-door meeting with some 50 East Timorese representatives last week, according to Agence France Press. However, the armed wing of the East Timorese resistance, FALINTIL, was not represented at the meeting. FALINTIL has waged a guerrilla war on the Indonesian occupation forces since 1975.

The governor of East Timor appointed by Jakarta, Abilio Osorio, also failed to take part in the meeting called by the highly respected bishop, who is the apostolic administrator of the diocese of Dili, capital of East Timor.

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