Subject: LUSA: President Gusmão condemns Jakarta terror bombing

Also: Statement by the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste on Bombing in Jakarta

East Timor: President Gusmão condemns Jakarta terror bombing

Dili, Aug. 6 (Lusa) - East Timor's president, Xanana Gusmão, wrote to his Indonesian counterpart Wednesday, expressing his "vehement condemnation" of the terrorist bombing in Jakarta Tuesday that killed at least 14 people, injuring about 150.

In his message to President Megawati Sukarnoputri, a copy of which was sent to Lusa in Dili, Gusmão described the hotel bombing as "an attack against peace in Indonesia, the region and the world".

He underlined East Timor's commitment to working with Jakarta to prevent such "cowardly actions" in future.

Meanwhile in Lisbon, Portuguese Foreign Minister António Martins da Cruz also sent his Indonesian counterpart a message of "sympathy" and "condolence", reaffirming the need for "close international colaboration" in fighting international terror.

The Jakarta bombing has been claimed by a radical Indonesian Islamic organization, Jemaah Islamiya.

ASP/RMM/SAS Lusa .

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Statement by the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste on Bombing in Jakarta

The Government and the People of Timor-Leste learned with outrage the terrorist attack in Jakarta JW Marriott Hotel and express their profound sympathy and condolences to the relatives and close friends of the victims; and solidarity with the Government and the people of the Republic of Indonesia.

As friends and neighbors, the Government and the People of Timor-Leste offer their unconditional support to the Government and the people of the Republic of Indonesia in their effort to eradicate extremism and terrorism in the archipelago and in the region as a whole.

The Government and the People of Timor-Leste will continue with their extremely limited means to cooperate with neighboring countries in the region and internationally to neutralize the extremist elements whose agenda is to destabilize and undermine our democratic way of life, our freedom and democracy.


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