Subject: AN: Indonesian president calls for cooperative ties in East Timor address

Indonesian president calls for cooperative ties in East Timor address

April 10, 2005 7:40am

Text of report in English by Indonesian news agency Antara web site

Dili: Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here on Saturday [9 April] the Indonesian people considered the East Timorese as their closest relatives making the two nations and countries neighbours who could not easily forget each other. "As their closest brothers and neighbours, the Indonesian people wish to see East Timor achieve progress and glory," he said in his speech in East Timor's parliament.

He said "we wish to develop cooperation and help each other so that the two nations can rise together for a brighter future." "I share Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri's view that the relations between the two nations must be developed based on future rather than past outlooks," he said.

To develop brotherly and neighbourly relations, Indonesia and East Timor have already made a number of common agendas and some of them had even already been jointly carried out. Among the agendas that had not as yet been finished are settlement of problems on refugees, assets, pay rights of former Indonesian civil servants, military and police members and border security.

"We have to be grateful and admitted that we have already settled most of the problems jointly," Yudhoyono said. "If in 1999, the number of East Timorese refugees staying in West Timor reached 285,000 now it has dropped to only around 16,000. I am convinced the problem could finally be settled correctly and wisely," he said. Yudhoyono hoped the East Timor government would continue seeking efforts to immediately finish the legal system for the problems.

Regarding border problems the two countries had so far settled 96 per cent of their land border problems. Indonesia has also helped smoothen sea transportation between Oecusse and Dili while land access between the East Timor's conclave and other East Timorese regions would be open soon. The two countries have also prepared immigration posts on the border to ease land transportation between the two countries.

Source: Antara news agency, Jakarta, in English 10 Apr 05

BBC Monitoring

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Indonesian president welcomed to East Timor with "joy"

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Text of report in English by Indonesian news agency Antara web site

Dili: The East Timor people welcomed the arrival of Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to their country with joy and peace in their hearts, East Timor's parliament Speaker Francisco Guterres Lu Olo said here on Saturday [9 April]. "With joy we bid President Yudhoyono and his entourage welcome. This simple word reflects the peaceful feeling and friendship which has now been implanted in the hearts of all the East Timorese people," he said in his speech when receiving President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and entourage at the parliament.

He said the people of East Timor would not forget what President Yudhoyono had done to materialize peace, solidarity, brotherhood and cooperation between the people of the two countries. Today, he said, East Timor rises as a sovereign and free country that will be involved in creating justice and peace in the world.

Under the spirit, he said, the East Timorese would develop solidarity and cooperation with all nations in the world especially with Indonesia and other countries in Southeast Asia. "East Timor is a small and poor country with a small population but we will strive to develop ourselves in solidarity with other nations," he said.

He said the East Timorese people also wished to convey their solidarity to the people of Indonesia in Aceh, North Sumatra, Nias and other countries who had recently faced tsunami and earthquake disasters. "We believe with perseverance the Indonesian people will be able to restore all that has been damaged by the disasters," he said.

President Yudhoyono arrived in East Timor on Friday after visiting Australia and New Zealand for a state visit until Saturday. While there he had witnessed the signing of a land border agreement and visited the Santa Cruz cemetery as well as the Seroja cemetery for Indonesian heroes. He left for home on Saturday.

Source: Antara news agency, Jakarta, in English 10 Apr 05

BBC Monitoring


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