Subject: JP: DPR Warn of International Conspiracy on E. Timor

Received from Joyo Indonesian News

also: House respects Xanana's invitation, but asks Mega not to go

The Jakarta Post [online] May 2, 2002

DPR warn of international conspiracy on East Timor

JAKARTA (JP): The House of Representatives (DPR) is not rejecting efforts to mend good ties with East Timor, but warned the Indonesian public about an alleged international conspiracy, legislators said on Thursday.

Member of Commission I for defense, foreign and political affairs Yasril Ananta Baharuddin said, as quoted by Antara, that several foreign countries have allegedly been using the United Nations as a shield to push its interests in East Timor and Indonesia.

Yasril, however, did not mention which foreign countries were allegedly involved.

"Actually in the context of the relationship between East Timor and Indonesia, it is OK for East Timor's president-elect Xanana to visit Indonesia," Yasril said.

Yasril said that if Xanana invited DPR and MPR leaders to East Timor's independence celebration, the legislators would carefully consider the offer.

House Speaker Akbar Tandjung and Assembly Speaker Amien Rais have called on the government not to attend East Timor's independence celebrations, citing unresolved differences between the two countries following the former province's breakaway fromIndonesia in 1999. (edt)


The Jakarta Post [online] May 2, 2002

House respects Xanana's invitation, but asks Mega not to go

JAKARTA (JP): House Speaker Akbar Tandjung said on Thursdaythe legislative body appreciated the invitation from East Timor'spresident-elect, Jose Alexander "Xanana" Gusmao, to the country'sindependence celebration, but asserted the House is sticking to its stance that President Megawati Soekarnoputri should not visitEast Timor on that occasion.

Speaking to the media minutes before a meeting with Xanana atAkbar's office in the Assembly building, Akbar said he was gladabout Xanana's visit to Jakarta.

"We cherish this visit, but it is a fact that there are stillserious, unresolved matters between the two countries," Akbar said, as quoted by Antara.

Akbar again stressed that the House is firm in its stance andhas asked President Megawati not to attend East Timor'sindependence celebration on May 20.

He said that it is up to Megawati to decide whether to go ornot. "But we, as legislators, have our own reasons andresponsibilities to the public on this matter," Akbar said.(edt)


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