Subject: east timor headlines/4Oct2001

Bahasa Indonesia Headlines ­ Thursday 4 October 2001

1. Lasama withdraws from Assembly 
2. Timor Lorosae does not need to pay for Indonesian assets 
3. Three flights for Timor Lorosae

1. Lasama withdraws from Assembly (Suara Timor Lorosae, front page)

Fernando ‘Lasama’ de Araujo, a member of the Democrat Party in the Constituent Assembly, tendered his resignation yesterday.

“My present position as Deputy Foreign Minister requires me to give undivided attention to the job. Because of that I have no choice but to tender my resignation as a Constituent Assembly member,” wrote Lasaman in his resignation letter.

“This Cabinet position requires me to be totally dedicated to the Timorese people,” said Lasaman.

When asked whether he was turning down his elected position and reneging on the trust of the people in drafting the new Constitution, Lasaman said: “The holding of two positions would only minimize my productivity. I would have to give up a post for the sake of serving the people more effectively.”

2. Timor Lorosae does not need to pay for Indonesian assets (Timor Post, front page)

The Timor Lorosae government does not need to pay for Indonesian assets left behind in the country. Constituent Assembly member Mario Viegas Carrascalao said this yesterday in response to reports that Indonesia was trying to claim back its assets in Timor Lorosae.

Carrascalao, the former governor of Timor Lorosae under Indonesian rule said Jakarta should instead pay compensation to the Timorese people for destroying the country after the announcement of the results of the popular consultation.

“During the decolonization process after over two decades of Indonesian rule, the assets of the colonizer automatically become the assets of the new country," said Carrascalao.

“If they [Indonesia] want back their assets, then they must be willing to pay us compensation for the damage and loss of lives in Timor Lorosae,” he added.

3. Three flights for Timor Lorosae (Suara Timor Lorosae, editorial)

The Timorese people, particularly those in Oecussi, should feel relieved because they no longer face problems with regard to air transport. The question of air transport has always been with the Transitional Administration. Now UNTAET has worked out a solution. There will be three flights to the enclave for international UNTAET staff and the Timorese people.

UNTAET has offered this solution because of the non-operation of the ferry from Dili to Oecussi and back.

Three flights have been scheduled to the enclave ­ one plane and two helicopters. The inaugural flight to Oecussi on board the DAS-C7 ­ which has a 88-passenger capacity ­ will take place on Monday at 11:00 am. The two helicopters are a MI-26 and M-126 respectively.

The helicopters will also cater for passengers travelling between Dili and Maliana; Dili and Suai; and Dili and Ainaro. Each helicopter has a 22 passenger capacity.

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