Subject: Indonesian military say East Timor border needs more definition

Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring

Indonesian military say East Timor border needs more definition

Republika, Jakarta, in Indonesian 6 Oct 03

Excerpt from report attributed to Antara news agency, carried by Indonesian newspaper Republika web site on 6 October

Kupang: The sea, air and land borders between Indonesia and East Timor need to be fixed to prevent the spread of border violations by people from both countries that live in the border regions.

"The frequency of border violations is high enough to claim victims and result in the arrest of a number of Indonesians by the UN Peacekeeping troops in East Timor recently," said the 161/Wirasakti Military Subdistrict commander, Col Moeswarno Moesanip after the 58th TNI Indonesian National Military Forces anniversary the Tenau Kupang Harbour on Monday 6 October .

According to Moesanip, the border definition need not separate the two countries by building a wall like in China or Berlin (Germany). "Understanding is enough for the community, like in Irian Jaya and Papua New Guinea. passage omitted on repetitive details


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