Subject: ET press headlines, 16 april

From Tetun

Bishop Belo: Without Humility, Conflicts Will Arise (STL/16/4/01)

Dili - Conflicts will arise in East Timor during the elections of 30 August because the people of East Timor now lacks humility. They are again arrogant. The Bishop of Dili Diocese, Mgr. Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, SDB said in his homily at last Holy Thursday's mass.

To the Christians celebrating mass in the Immaculate Conception Cathedral of Dili, Bishop Belo said, "I think there will be conflict, when you go to vote on 30 August, because of arrogance, because parties all want to win. There will be losing parties and they will reason like this. There will be villages attacking each other. If we have the spirit of humility of Jesus Christ, the loosing parties would go to the winning parties and say, congratulations." Bishop Belo also gave the example of the presidential elections in the United States of America. The one who looses does not create conflict. Instead he offers his congratulations to the winning candidate.

"I leave, Not As An Enemy Of NC" (Timor Post/16/4/01)

Dili - A delegation of Liurais (chiefs) of East Timor to the National Council (NC) on Thursday (12/4) met CNRT/NC president, Jose Alexandre Xanana Gusmao to ask that he returns to the NC.

"I respect you, but I have to say that I am very sorry that I cannot fulfil your requests that I return to the NC. This is because I defend my own personal political principles," said Xanana, when he received the delegation of 12 Liurais (chiefs) of East Timnor in the guest room at CNRT/NC headquarters on Thursday (12/4)

Lioa Pedro Dos Reis Amaral, as chief of the Delegation of Luirais of East Timor, posed a short question to Xanana, "Will you return to the NC or not?' Xanana replied also in as few words. "I am very sorry with regard to your question and request because I have to defend my own personal principle. But I respect your wish to communicate the common person's words and aspirations. I asked all the people not to be sad and not to worry that I have left the NC because I do not rule East Timor. Tomorrow the parties that win the general elections will govern the country and people of East Timor."

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